Art History 348

Rome in the Age of Bernini

Spring, 2000

Course Description

Young Bacchus.  
circa 1596.
Florence, Uffizi Gallery.

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Baroque Painting
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Bibliography for Now and Later
On the Paper
Ital Ren/Bar Movies
The Popes of Baroque Rome
Web sites for Rome


This course examines the sculpture, painting, and architecture of Baroque Rome, concentrating on the career and accomplishments of Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) painter, sculptor, and architect (and playwright, theatre designer, courtier)

We will begin with a scandously brief look at Rome's past, with consideration of the heritage and influence of Ancient Rome and the more immediate Rome of the sixteenth century. Here we will be interested in precedents in the area of urban planning, the palace/villa type, painting, and the development of papal patronage.

The course proper begins with consideration of early Baroque painting, with emphasis on Caravaggio and the Caravaggisti. We will then begin to consider Bernini, from his days as a child prodigy of sculpture to his position as the most powerful artist in Rome (and thus also Italy and Western Europe), to his disgrace and his re-achievement of artistic power in Rome.

Required Texts are:

A small selection of books related to Rome and to Bernini will be placed on reserve in the Art Library.


The Exams: There will be four short quizzes, a midterm and a final. The midterm will be given in class as a combination of slide discussions and short essays. For details, see the Midterm site at the appropriate time. The final will follow the same general outline. There will be no make-up quizzes or exams.

The Paper: All art history majors are required to write a paper in lieu of taking the midterm.The paper is to be on an object or monument of your choice. We will talk more about this later on, but in general I wish you to discuss one work of art from this period. The length should be about 8-10 pages.

Attendance and Participation: Please note that students are responsible for knowing the schedule, doing the reading and carrying out the required work in a timely manner. Regular attendance is required. Please see below for a detailed statement on this issue. There are no excused absences except in the case of documented illness, a documented family emergency, or required participation in an official UO activity. Students are required to present this documentation on the first day of their return to class. Students are required to be familiar with UO's policies on academic honesty. The instructor reserves the right to report a student for violations of the honor code in cases of suspected cheating, plagiarism, and other such dishonest activities.

Grading structure: The quizzes together, the midterm (or paper), and the final each count one-third of the final grade. Attendance and participation in class count for 10% of your grade. Students with excessive unexcused absences (more than three) will find their final grades lowered by a letter. Further absences will result in a further lowering of the final grade.

Students with disabilities: If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accomodations in this course, please make arrangements to meet with the instructor as soon as possible. Please also request that the Counselor for Students with Disabilities send a letter to me verifying your disability.

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