Comparative Literature | Lit-Arts & Their Interrelationship
C355 | 1128 | Prof. Bondanella


Topic:	Literature of Italian Renaissance Art

Satisfies COAS Intensive Writing and requires registration in W333 and
meets with FRIT M345

This course will survey the major literary works on art by Italian
artists during the Renaissance period.  While it is common knowledge
that Italian painters, sculptors, and architects produced some of the
greatest masterpieces in their fields during this period, it is less
known that they also wrote some of the most influential works on the
history of art, on discussions of the definition of artistic
creativity, and on artistic biographies.  Works to be examined
include:  Cellini's My Life; Vasari's Lives of the Artists; Cennini's
The Craftsman's Handbook; Alberti's On Painting; Michelangelo's
poetry; Da Vinci's notebooks; and Carlo Ridolfi's Life of Titian.
Discussions of the literary or historical works in class will be
combined with analyses of a number of the works of art mentioned in
the texts.