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From the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
With a new focus on the mobility of things, people, and ideas in the early modern period.
1300–1400 (Late Gothic)
A new naturalism appears in the art of this period. Figures begin to express emotion and to exist in earthly settings.
1400–1500 (Early Renaissance)
Early Renaissance artists were interested in depicting the observable world and the art of ancient Greece and Rome.
1500–1600 (High Renaissance and Mannerism)
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian — no wonder this period is often called the "High" Renaissance.
1400–1500 (Northern Renaissance)
A new visual realism, down to the finest details, characterizes the art of the Northern Renaissance.
1500–1600 (Northern Renaissance)
The art of this period includes the visions of Bosch, the peasants of Bruegel, and the prints of Dürer.
The global confluence of cultures we see today began in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation, which challenged the power of the Pope and inspired the founding of many Protestant denominations.
While the Protestants harshly criticized the cult of images, the Catholic Church ardently embraced the religious power of art.
The 18th century is time of tremendous upheaval in nearly all areas of life—political, economic, and religious.
A lot happens! We begin with the Late Gothic, proceed through the Renaissance and the Baroque, and end with the French Revolution.
Dr. Christopher Atkins
Dr. Jimena Berzal de Dios
Dr. Paul Binski
Dr. Esperança Camara
Dr. David Drogin
Dr. Ariel Fein
Dr. Abram Fox
Dr. Sally Hickson
Dr. Heather Horton
Dr. Ellen Hurst
Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank
Dr. Claire McCoy
Olivia Nicole Miller
Dr. Joanna Milk Mac Farland
Dr. Andrew Murray
Dr. Susan Nalezyty
Dr. Bonnie Noble
Dr. Melisa Palermo
Michael John Partington
Dr. Shannon Pritchard
Dr. Paul A. Ranogajec
Dr. Kathryn Santner
Dr. Wendy Schaller
Dr. Irene Schaudies
Dr. Lorenza Smith
Dr. Susan Waller
Dr. Kathryn Wolford
Dr. Rachel Zimmerman
Dr. Bryan Zygmont
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