Dr Sheila McTighe
The focus of the course will be on two periods within the seventeenth century, the decade of 1600-1610 and the decade of the 1640s, examining primarily painting and printmaking, with a focus on Caravaggio, Carracci and Adam Elsheimer during the earlier period, and Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain in the later. We will be studying private patronage of the arts in Rome and, later, in Paris. The emphasis will be on the perception of artistic creativity and innovation in the two periods, the relation of picture-making to natural science and poetics among the intellectuals who valued innovation in the arts, and the rise of landscape imagery in particular as a frame for innovation. It would be helpful if students had reading knowledge of Italian and/or French, or were willing to study the language alongside the taught MA.