Survey of Silver: Renaissance to Modern
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5705
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
Precious metals have played significant roles in the decorative and fine arts since ancient times. After an introduction to the properties of silver and gold, and to traditional and industrial techniques of fabrication and ornamentation, the course will focus on the products made by European, English, and American precious metalsmiths and the uses of these objects in the societies in which they were produced. Issues of identification and connoisseurship of precious metals will be covered. Students will prepare two papers and accompanying illustrated oral presentations. Each paper/presentation will comprise 30% of the term mark. The first paper/presentation will be a museum acquisition recommendation for a specific item available in the New York market in Fall 2013. The second paper/presentation will be an essay in the form of an extended scholarly catalogue entry for a “masterwork” of Western silver from a major public or private collection, placing the object in context, and a companion presentation in the form of a “gallery talk.” Object choice must be reviewed with the instructor to avoid duplication. A mid-term slide examination covering fabrication, ornamentation, and marking techniques will constitute 20% of the mark. Class participation including discussion of readings comprises the final 20% of the total semester mark.
Open to: All university graduate degree students.
Open to Graduate students.