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HARC 0085 Italian High and Late Renaissance

Sixteenth-century Florence, Rome and Venice are rightly renowned for their riches of architecture, sculpture and painting. With particular attention to Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Palladio and Titian, this course examines that wealth and the Mannerist reaction to it. The course begins by examining the so-called High Renaissance of the earlier part of the sixteenth century when classical balance and harmony were achieved, through scientific means such as perspective and anatomical studies, to the breakdown of these rules in the subsequent period and the emergence of ‘Mannerist’ elements. Magdalene College, Oxford, possesses an important early copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ and the National Gallery, London, houses many important works covering the entire period.

Thankful for every moment
I devoured the integral lectures, the seminars, the tea and biscuits, and the charming streets of Oxford. Aided by my tutors, my passion for the human...
Mike Rectenwald, Summer 2000, Geneva College