Welcome to the Class Blog for Art 261 Spring 2017

Hello and welcome to the class blog for Art 261 Spring 2017!  This class will begin by looking at the Italian Renaissance and its early manifestation in Florence!  We will focus our gaze on the sensibilities/aesthetics/artistic thematic choices made by the central artists of the Renaissance as well as the ramifications of these choices to the growth and upward movement of culture.  At this starting point in the Spring 2017 semester, I ask you to reflect on the following two comments and the usage of the term Renaissance:

“The Renaissance of the fifteenth century was, in many things, great rather by what it designed then by what it achieved.” (Walter Pater, 19th century English essayist)

“Every Renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.” (Anne Sullivan, 20th century American teacher—the teacher of Helen Keller)

Do you feel these two authors have interpreted the term Renaissance in a manner appropriate to what our gaze will be looking at in Art Historical terms?


Bernard Berenson, 19th-20th century American Art Historian/Renaissance Scholar, at his I Tatti Villa, Florence, Italy

Drawings by the Renaissance master Michelangelo in the secret room under the new sacristy of the Medici chapel in the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Florence.