FA 326 Italian Renaissance Art, 3 credits
In art, the Italian Renaissance broke away from the abstract formalism characteristic of the Medieval styles of European art, and sought to imitate nature, spurred on by the example of Classical art. Renaissance Italy produced some of the greatest artists in world history: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello are only a few of the names that still hold magic today. This course will examine the development of Italian art and architecture from ca. 1250 to ca. 1550, focusing on the major developments in this period as well as art as an expression of Renaissance values.