Domestic Life and the Arts in Renaissance Italy
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5707
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
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This class will explore the art of private life in Renaissance Italy, focusing on Florence in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries with some reference to Venice. The material culture of the Florentine palace and the rituals of family life, in particular those associated with courtship, marriage, and birth, will be our focus. Over the course of the semester we will consider the organization of space in relation to function and use; the character and meaning of interior decorations, particularly moveable objects, and the role of gender and class in domestic space. Sessions will examine such objects as wedding chests (cassoni), nuptial gifts, birth trays, glassware, majolica, tableware, and the rituals of domestic life associated with them. Special topics include studioli and collectors’ cabinets. We will be able to take advantage of permanent installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are two mandatory class visits to the museum.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students; undergraduate seniors by permission of the School of Art & Design History & Theory