The Early Modern Space: Decoration and Meaning in Fifteenth- through Seventeenth-Century Europe
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5702
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
This seminar will explore the creation and decoration of both constructed interiors and the temporary spaces formed by social, political and religious events, such as pageants, processions, and banquets, in Early Modern Europe. Permanent and portable embellishments in a variety of media – from painting, sculpture, and woodwork to tapestries and other textiles – will be considered. Emphasis will be placed on context: how did decoration work with space and function and what meaning did these carefully contrived “sets” convey to owners and contemporary viewers? This course is intended to encourage analytical thinking and original research. Requirements include 3 to 4 class presentations, a research paper, and class participation.
Course Open to: Majors Only
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Open to: All university graduate degree students.