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Baroque Classicism: Style and Society in 17th-c Italy and France

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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.

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Sheila McTighe took her PhD at Yale University with a thesis on Nicolas Poussin and libertinage, which became the subject of her first book. She taught subsequently at Cornell and Columbia Universities before arriving at The Courtauld in 1998. Her interests then took her toward the study of 17th century naturalism and the depiction of everyday life. This in turn led to fascination with 17th-century Italian and French prints and with print culture more broadly. She enjoys being able to teach in front of works of art in London’s museum collections, and traveling with students to study paintings and prints in Paris and Rome.

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