French and Italian | Literature of Italian Renaissance Art
M345 | 2394 | Prof. Peter Bondanella


The Literature of Italian Renaissance Art 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:  Celliniís My Life; Vasariís
Lives of the Artists; Cenniniís The Craftsmanís
Handbook; Albertiís On Painting; Michelangeloís poetry; Da
Vinciís notebooks; and Carlo Ridolfiís 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.