This course introduces the architecture, painting, sculpture, and small-scale arts created in Italy between c. 1300 and 1680, organized around the collections of individual and corporate patrons. Civic, domestic, and religious structures and objects are analyzed for their aesthetic and material value and as products of the relationship between patrons and artists. Cities, popes, powerful families, and women commissioned works that confirmed their status in early modern Italy. Readings and writing assignments require that students critically analyze different approaches to the visual material.
Prerequisites: Second year standing or above.