Fine Arts | Sex & Gender in Italian Art (Topics in Renaissance & Baroque Art)
A330 | 14991 | Tal


What did it mean to be a man or a woman in early modern Italy and
how did images correspond with and deviate from this norm? How does
artists’ sexual life affect the subject matter and the meaning of
their paintings? What is special in art commissioned by a female
patron? Is there a difference between a nude and a naked woman? What
does a reclining nude woman symbolize? How does a female spectator
look at art differently from a male spectator?

The course discusses Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy (c.
1400 – 1700) by employing gender, feminist, and queer theories. We
will examine the connection between the gender of the patron,
artist, or spectator and the meaning of the scene, different
approaches to the body, eroticism in high and low style, metaphors
of sexuality, distinctions between pornographic, bawdy, and erotic
imagery, and responses to such images, from amusement to
censorship.

Requirements of the course include attendance, reading assignments,
quizzes, and a final take-home exam.