ARTH 4451

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Printmaking in early modern Europe ushered in a revolution in the production and perception of images, relatively cheap and available to a wide public. What kinds of images emerged, and what purposes did they serve? What did the buying public do with these images on paper? Taught in the Johnson Museum with its extensive collection of prints and co-led by curator of European art Andrew Weislogel and director Stephanie Wiles, the first aim of this seminar is to experience original masterworks by the most prominent printmakers of the period, including Mantegna, Dürer, Goltzius, Rembrandt, and Hogarth. We will consider the techniques and materiality of prints, look at fakes and forgeries, and discuss patterns of publishing and collecting. A second aim is to examine through analysis of weekly readings themes that concerned printmakers and their viewers. Among class topics are religion and allegory, witches and beggars, humor and satire, portraits of people, cities, and landscapes, issues of self-fashioning, invention, and replication, and prints as sites of knowledge about the expanding world.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 6451VISST 4451

  • 4 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 17134ARTH 4451  SEM 101