Art History 348
Rome in the Age of Bernini
of Italian Renaissance or Baroque Appeal
Below is the schedule of lectures for the term, with some Web sites of interest and relevance attached. You should at least take a look at these, as they often comprise the supplementary reading required for this course. Note that I assume a basic knowledge of the High Renaissance and the Baroque, of the sort that one would gain from the successful completion of the course Art History 206, or its equivalent. If this does not describe you, I urge you to explore any one of the several copies of Gardner's Art Through the Ages, currently on reserve at the Art Library.
A Note on the Readings : Since there are three different editions of Wittkower, rather than writing three different versions of the page numbers you are required to read, let's just say that you should read everything about Rome from the beginning until 1700. The HibbardBernini should be read in full. Thus only the Varriano (Chapters 1-6) will be listed chapter by chapter.
Besides required readings, some optional readings are listed, for your general interest. These are (or will be) on reserve in the Art Library. They are marked here as *. Please note that the readings and the schedule as listed below may have to be adjusted due to circumstances.
- March 28
Introduction to the course and to Rome
Recommended background: Christopher Hibbert, Rome: the Biography of a City. New York, 1985. Not on reserve, but a good introduction to the history of Rome.
- March 30
Rome in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Schematic Outline of lectures 1 and 2
- April 4
Renaissance Rome and the Rome of Sixtus V
*Roger Jones and Nicholas Penny, Raphael. New York, 1983. Especially for Raphael in Rome.
*For 16th-century Roman architecture: Wolfgang Lotz, (rev. by Deborah Howard) Architecture in Italy: 1500-1600, New Haven, 1995. See esp. pages 45-60 and 89-129. Several of these buildings will be mentioned later on in the course as background to 17th-century architecture.
- April 6
The Counter Reformation QUIZ NO. 1
*Francis Haskell, Patrons and Painters: Art and Society in Baroque Italy New Haven and London, 1980. Chapter 3 "The Religious Orders" : 63-93.
Outline of lectures 3 and 4
- April 11
The Gesu; The New Painting: the Carracci
- April 13
The New Painting: Carracci and some of their followers
*Ingrid Rowland, "The Real Caravaggio", The New York Review of Books, October 7, 1999: 11-14. A review of five new Caravaggio books. This is in the Bernini binder of articles.
Outline of lectures 5 and 6
- April 18
*I have put on reserve in the Art Library some books related to Caravaggio and his followers (esp. Artemisia Gentileschi). Check the Web site link on the Bibliography page for these.
- April 20
Reading : Wittkower.
Outline of lectures 7 and 8
- April 25
- April 27
The Carravaggisti; Begin Counter-Reformation Architecture: Vignola to Moderno
Reading : Varriano, Chapters 1 and 2.
- May 2
The Patronage of Scipione Borghese and Paul V
Bernini: the early sculpture
Reading : Begin Hibbard, Bernini. Read the entire book over the next several lectures.
- May 4
The Palace in Seventeenth-Century Rome : The Palazzo Barberini
- May 9
Bernini as Architect
Reading: Varriano, Chapter 4
*Tod Marder, Bernini and the Art of Architecture, New York, 1998. Also: Bernini's Scala Regia at the Vatican Palace, New York, 1997.
- May 11
Bernini and St. Peter's
- May 16
Borromini QUIZ NO. 2
On the Lovely Quiz
Relax. It's a quiz. You will want to have read those parts of Hibbard and Wittkower that deal with GL Bernini's early projects; basically sculpture to about 1635 (including the mythological works, Santa Bibiana, Cardinal Borghese) and architecture, including the facade of Santa Bibiana, the Baldacchino and the program for the crossing (ie, the sculpture for the great piers) of St. Peter's. Think over also the importance of Cardinal Borghese, Paul V and Urban VIII for Bernini. You will wish to look also at those portions of Chapter 4 of Varriano that relate to the above. Consider also Palazzo Barberini and changes in the size and functions of a city palace. I may show you the Pietro da Cortona ceiling, which is well described in Wittkower.
Yes, there will be more lecture after the quiz. Don't run away or I will get mad.
- Santa Bibiana Church of Santa Bibiana, 1626.
- The Baldicchino 1624-1633. Click on the images to make them grow bigger.
- St. Andrew by Francois Duquesnoy 1629/40
- St. Veronica by Francesco Mochi 1629/32
- GL Bernini's St. Longinus 1629/38 Another site on St. Longinus
- Cathedra Petri 1657-1666.
- May 18
Professoressa in cerca di lavoro.
- May 23
Varriano, Chapter 3.
- May 25
The sculptors Algardi and Duquesnoy; the later sculpture of Bernini
Jennifer Montagu, Alessandro Algardi
- May 30The Third QUIZ
Optional; two out of three, remember? On Algardi, Duquesnoy, and Borromini.
Pietro da Cortona: Painter and Architect
Reading: Varriano, Chapter 5
A small Web site on the paintings and buildings of Pietro da Cortona From an exhibition in Rome in 1998.
- June 1
The Rome of Alexander VII
Reading: Varriano, Chapter 6
*Richard Krautheimer, The Rome of Alexander VII: 1655-1667. Princeton, 1985. RK lived to be 96 and spent most of his life living in and writing about Rome: "I've been thinking about the church of Santa Costanza for fifty years..."
Final Exam :
Thursday, June 8 at 1 pm