From Caravaggio to Giovanna Garzoni: new subjects and newly discovered careers in the arts of 17th-century southern Europe
12 January to 16 March 2021
In one part of 10 lectures; £195
This term will be led by Dr Sheila McTighe, with contributions by Dr Giulia Martina Weston and Chloe Bazlen
The ‘old masters’ of early modern European painting have been rejuvenated by new discoveries in recent years, not least by research on the careers of women in the arts. We now know more about the prominent role 16th and 17th-century women played, not only in the realm of painting and printmaking, but in literary and intellectual circles where women artists were celebrated and welcomed. In turn, that new knowledge of the intersection between artistic and learned society has helped to illuminate new subject matter in the arts. This lecture series brings together multiple novelties: new light on Caravaggio’s activities at the frontiers of Italian society; new imagery of poverty and low life in poetry, prints and paintings; new understanding of women’s use of certain media and certain subjects, as in miniature painting, still life and self-portraiture. In each of the lectures, we’ll take time to look in detail at the ways in which images were made and how they were received by the public, as the crafts of image-making were changed by the new directions taken by artists, both men and women.
For the spring and summer terms, we continue to keep an open mind; we envisage them to be taught face-to-face in Vernon Square, but if, by around early December, teaching at our campus looked unlikely for the spring term, we would also plan for an alternative delivery online. If possible, we may also run courses on campus and online simultaneously.