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J-Term (Winter Break) International Travel Course: ART 4950 - Medieval and Renaissance Women as Artists, Patrons and Makers

J-Term (Winter Break) International Travel Course: POSTPONED till J-TErm 2018-19
Art 4950
Medieval and Renaissance Women as Artists, Patrons and Makers

Being a woman in the pre-modern world was both a given and a construction. This advanced undergraduate seminar examines women - both specific individuals and broader groups - as artists, patrons and makers in the Medieval and Renaissance periods from a number of scholarly and artistic perspectives. By looking not only at women themselves, but also the works they created and projects they patronized (including art, architecture, music, and material culture), we will come to terms with these two poles of female identity. By examining a variety of contexts in which women patronized art and architecture - monastic, courtly, imperial, military, domestic - we can examine in detail the various challenges and opportunities to identity construction that these women faced. The course is divided into two parts: First, there will be six (6) formal class meetings during the Fall semester, 2017 (Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m.), beginning on August 30th. An array of readings drawn from feminist scholarship, primary texts in translation, as well as from the fields of history, art history, and women's studies will allow students to develop their skills in critical analysis, writing, reviewing, and presenting material. The second part of the class will take the form of a three-week trip during J-Term to Germany and Italy, during which we will visit and study objects and sites of importance in Cologne, Aachen, the Rhine river valley, Eibingen, Venice, Ravenna, Ferrara, Mantua, and Bologna. During our trip, student will deliver short presentations on various objects and sites, as well as benefit from contact with local academics and other experts.


For more information contact Naomi Pitamber,

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