Seventeenth-Century Painting in Europe: The influence of Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio

This module explores competing stylistic choices within seventeenth-century painting. The naturalism of Caravaggio will be contrasted with the classicism of artists such as Guido Reni and Nicolas Poussin, whose work was modelled on Raphael and the classical sculpture of antiquity. We will trace the influence of Titian’s painterly style on painters specialising in portraiture and history painting across Europe, including Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Velázquez. In the hands of Poussin and Claude, landscape painting also flourished as an expressive genre. Alongside this, we will also consider the development of writing on art among the critics who discussed the competing merits of these different approaches.

15 credits at level 4

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First class: Wed 17-Jan-18 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code ARVC233H4ACB