Summer 2015 - HIST 468W D100
Problems in the History of Religion (4)
Class Number: 3585
Delivery Method: In Person
An advanced examination into the concepts and methodology of the history of religion. Students with credit for HIST 468 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.
Problems in the History of Religion: Jesus in Early-Modern Visual ArtThe early-modern world saw both dramatic changes in the arts as well as rapid expansions of cultural horizons. This course uses Jesus as a focus to explore the visual arts--including painting, drawing, woodcuts, calligraphy, sculpture, textiles, and more--in Europe and its wider world from 1380 to 1820. As no background knowledge is assumed, the first few weeks will bring students up to speed on the fundamentals of visual analysis, the iconography of Jesus, and the evolution of western art. The rest of the semester we will expand on this knowledge by developing a collective database of Jesus-related imagery from the period. Students will largely be pursuing their own individual projects--researching, analyzing, writing, presenting--in the context of the overall seminar. In addition to examining many case studies of representations of Jesus, this course hopes to encourage students to think globally yet soberly, to place local experience in global context without failing to appreciate its uniqueness. Students will hone their ability to read historical scholarship critically and to approach historical phenomena from multiple points of view.
- Seminar participation 20%
- Quiz on fundamentals 5%
- Three ten-page research papers and database contributions 60%
- Three referats (formal presentations on research) 15%
J. Taylor, Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts
S. Zuffi, Gospel Figures in Art
M. Levey, From Giotto to Cezanne: A Concise History of Painting
other readings will be available online.
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