30396 - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO THE ARTS II - MODULE II (ART AND POLITICS)
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
The course is structured as a series of in-depth case studies, and addresses specific monuments, images and artefacts (including paintings, mosaics, metalwork, architecture and sculpture) in chronological order. It primarily focuses on monuments and artefacts created in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the renaissance, and examines them in their original contexts. However, the course will also expose the key role that some of these monuments played in the political ideologies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encouraging students to think critically about the role and potential of heritage management today.
• Iconoclasm between religion and politics. Why destroy images, and what does Nineveh matter?
• The Parthenon: ancient democracy, imperialism and modern nationalism.
• The Ara Pacis in Rome: art, peace and propaganda from Augustus to Fascism.
• Representing the ruler: political iconography between power and charisma
• The Sainte Chapelle in Paris: to build a dynasty and found a nation, medieval- modern.
• Public art in the city of Siena: holy patrons, good government and civic pride.
• The Basilica of San Marco in Venice: history, politics and community.
• The art of diplomacy: gifts and gift giving in the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean.
• Spectacular Images: miracles and social identities in pre-modern Italy.
• Collecting as politics in the Renaissance. The Tribuna degli Uffizi and beyond.