Caravaggio (HART 450)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
History of Art(HART)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Bratislav Pantelic -pantelic@sabanciuniv.edu,
English
Undergraduate
HUM202 HART311
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Seminar
Interactive,Discussion based learning,Guided discovery,Case Study
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CONTENT

Caravaggio was one of the greatest artists of all time. He was also one of the most controversial. Nicolas Poussin once said of Caravaggio that he came into the world to destroy the art of painting. Artist, convicted murderer, and adventurer, Caravaggio was offensive and provocative in art as in life. His drunks and thugs impersonating saints set in Rome?s filthy alleys and seedy taverns shook the art world to the core. Caravaggio sneered at classicism and the canons held sacred since the Renaissance and chose to rely on natural observation instead. This course focuses on issues of style, content, and patronage to understand Caravaggio?s art and its deeper implications. Was his rejection of refinement a criticism of the excesses of the church? Was it an appeal by the embattled Roman church to the poor and underprivileged? Or was it simply a radical avant-garde statement for its own sake?

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
1. comprehend the art scene around 1600: the Baroque and related trends from the historical and cultural perspective;
2. evaluate works of Caravaggio and related artists and identify them by author and subject;
3. understand the aesthetics and representational practice of the High Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque and related concepts such as classicism and naturalism.
4. understand the creative process of artists and the artistic techniques employed

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 45
Midterm 25
Participation 30

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

Selected primary sources