Lecture 13: Michelangelo: The Epitome of Perfection

Submitted by (inactive) on Thursday, 5/7/2009, at 12:04 PM

29 April 2009


Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)


            Madonna of the Stairs, c. 1489-92 (Casa Buonarroti, Florence)

Battle of the Lapiths and the Centaurs, c. 1492 (Casa Buonarroti, Florence)

Bacchus, 1496-97 (Bargello Museum, Florence)

            Pietà, c. 1499-1500.  St. Peter’s, Rome.

            David, 1501-4.  (Florence, Galleria dell’Accademia)

            Tomb for Pope Julius II

                        Moses, c. 1513-15. San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome.

                        “Dying” and “Captive” Slaves, 1505-6, 1513-16. (Paris, Louvre)

                        Unfinished Slaves, c. 1525. (Florence, Galleria dell’Accademia)

Tombs of Giuliano de’Medici and Lorenzo de’Medici, 1519-34. Medici Chapel,

San Lorenzo, Florence

            Pietà, c. 1547-55 (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence)



            Doni Tondo, c. 1503 (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

            Battle of Cascina, 1504-6 (formerly in the Palazzo Signoria, Florence)

            Sistine Ceiling, 1508-12.  Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome.

            The Last Judgment, 1534-41. Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome.



            San Lorenzo, Florence

Façade, begun 1517

Medici Chapel (New Sacristy), 1519-34





figura serpentinata






Lecture 12: High Renaissance in Venice: Giorgione and Titian

Submitted by (inactive) on Tuesday, 5/5/2009, at 11:31 AM

23 April 2009


Giorgione (c. 1475-1510)

The Tempest, 1505-10 (Accademia, Venice)

Pastoral Concert, c. 1510 (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

Sleeping Venus, c 1510 (Gemäldegalerie, Dresden)


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio, 1489/90-1576)

Portrait of a Bearded Man, c. 1512 (National Gallery, London)

Sacred and Profane Love, 1514 (Borghese Gallery, Rome)

Assumption of the Virgin, 1516-18. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

Madonna of the Pesaro Family, 1519-26. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

Bacchanal of the Andrians, c. 1522-23 (Museo del Prado, Madrid)

Bacchus and Ariadne, 1522-23 (National Gallery, London)

Venus of Urbino, 1538 (Uffizi, Florence)

Equestrian Portrait of Emperor Charles V, 1548 (Museo del Prado, Madrid)

Danaë, 1554 (Museo del Prado, Madrid)

Portrait of Jacopo Strada, 1567-68 (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Flaying of Marsyas, 1570s (Kromeriz, Archepiscopal Palace)

Pietà, c.1576 (Accademia, Venice)



disegno vs. colorito

terra firma




Alfonso d’Este

Camerino d’Alabastro

Lecture 11: Outside the Mainstream: Sofonisba Anguissola and Luca Signorelli

Submitted by (inactive) on Monday, 4/27/2009, at 9:35 AM

21 April 2009


Sofonisba Anguissola (c. 1532-1625)

Child Bitten By a Crawfish, c. 1550 (Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples)

The Chess Players, 1555 (Muzeum Nardowe, Poznan)

Self-Portrait Painting a Madonna and Child, 1556 (Muzeum Zamek w Lancucie, Lancut)

Portrait of the Artist’s Father, Brother, and Sister, c. 1559 (Nivaagards Malerisammling, Niva)

Bernardino Campi Painting the Artist’s Portrait, late 1550s (Pinacoteca, Siena)

Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma, c. 1561 (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin)

Philip II of Spain, c. 1565-70 (Museo del Prado, Madrid)

Queen Anne of Austria, c.1573 (Museo del Prado, Madrid)


Luca Signorelli (c. 1441-1523)

Flagellation of Christ, c. 1480 (Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan)

The Testament of Moses, 1481-82. Sistine Chapel, The Vatican

Orvieto Cathedral, San Brizio Chapel, 1499-1504

            Resurrection of the Flesh

            Crowning of the Elect

            Condemnation of the Damned

            Deeds of the Anti-Christ







dal naturale (from life)

Lecture 10: Bramante, Raphael, and the Vatican

Submitted by (inactive) on Monday, 4/27/2009, at 9:33 AM

9 April 2009


Donato Bramante (1444-1514)

Santa Maria delle Grazie, choir and apse, begun 1492. Milan

Tempietto, San Pietro in Montorio, 1502-1511. Rome

Plan for St. Peter’s, c. 1505.

Belvedere Courtyard, Vatican, begun 1505



Raphael (1483-1520)

Madonna of the Meadows, c. 1505-06. (Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna)

Angelo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi Doni, c. 1506 (Pitti Palace, Florence)

Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican, 1509-11

            Disputa (Theology)

School of Athens (Philosopy)

Parnassus (Poetry)

Sistine Madonna, 1513 (Gemäldegalerie, Dresden)

Donna Velata, c. 1513 (Pitti Palace, Florence)

Baldassare Castiglione, c. 1515 (Paris, Louvre)

Transfiguration of Christ, c. 1516-20 (Pinacoteca, Vatican)

Pope Leo X and Two Cardinals, c. 1518 (Florence, Uffizi)

With assistants, Loggia of Psyche, Villa Farnesina, Rome

            Galatea, 1513

            Psyche Received on Olympus, 1518-19




radial architecture

Julius II

centralized plan



nobil donna

Agostino Chigi


Lecture 9: The Terza Maniera: Leonardo

Submitted by (inactive) on Wednesday, 4/15/2009, at 7:57 AM

2 April 2009


Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Annunciation, 1472-75 (Uffizi, Florence)

Landscape with View of Arno River, 1473 (Uffizi, Florence)

Drapery Study, 1470s (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

With Andrea del Verrocchio, The Baptism of Christ, 1476 (Uffizi, Florence)

Madonna of the Carnation, 1473-78 (Alte Pinakothek, Munich)

Adoration of the Magi, begun 1481 (Uffizi, Florence)


Virgin of the Rocks, c. 1483-86. (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

Study for Sforza Equestrian Monument, c. 1485 (Windsor Castle, London)

Vitruvian Man, c. 1490 (Windsor Castle, London)

Lady with an Ermine, c.1490 (Czartorysky Museum, Cracow)

Last Supper, c. 1495-98, S. Maria della Grazie, Milan


Mona Lisa, c. 1503-5. (Musée du Louvre, Paris,)

Battle of Anghiari, 1503-6 (formerly Palazzo Vecchio, Flornce)

Star of Bethlehem, 1505-8 (London, Windsor Castle)

Leda and the Swan, copy after Leonardo original, c.1515

Studies of Cats and Dragons, c. 1513 (London, Windsor Castle)

Deluge, c. 1514-19 (London, Windsor Castle)

Anatomical Drawings



aerial perspective




motions of the mind


Lecture 8: Women in the Renaissance: The Female Domain

Submitted by (inactive) on Thursday, 4/2/2009, at 12:31 PM

26 March 2009


Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi, called Lo Scheggia (1406-1486), Birth Tray with The Triumph of Fame and Medici and Tornabuoni Arms and Devices, c. 1448 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


Masaccio, Birth Tray depicting the Birth of a Florentine Citizen, c. 1420 (Staatliche Museen, Berlin)


Anonymous, Birth Tray with the Triumph of Venus, c. 1400 (Musée du Louvre, Paris)


Giovanni di Paolo, Marriage Casket with Triumph of Venus, 1421 (Musée du Louvre, Paris)


Filippo Lippi, Portrait of a Woman with Man at a Window, c.1440 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


Paolo Uccello, Portrait of a Woman, 1430s (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso, Cassone with The Conquest of Trebizond, 1460s (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


Alessandro Baldovinetti, Portrait of a Lady in Yellow, c. 1465 (National Gallery, London)


Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Portrait of a Woman, c. 1470 (Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan)


Domenico Ghirlandaio, Portrait of Giovanna degli Albizzi Tornabuoni, c. 1488 (Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid)


Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of Ginevra de’Benci, c. 1474 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)


Piero di Cosimo, Simonetta Vespucci, c. 1480 (Musée Conde, Chantilly)


Giorgione, Laura, 1506 (Kunsthistorischesmuseum, Vienna)



desco da parto



Lecture 7: The Early Renaissance in Venice: The Bellini and Antonello da Messina

Submitted by (inactive) on Monday, 4/27/2009, at 9:35 AM

24 March 2009



Gentile Bellini (1429-1507)

Procession of the Relic of the True Cross, 1496 (Galleria dell’Accademia, Venice)

Portrait of Sultan Mahomet II the Conqueror, 1480 (National Gallery, London)

Finished by Giovanni Bellini, St. Mark Preaching in Alexandria, 1504-c.1507 (Brera Gallery, Milan)


Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516)

Madonna and Child, c. 1455 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Pietà, c. 1468-71 (Brera Gallery, Milan)

Madonna and Child, 1470s (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

St. Francis in the Desert (St. Francis in Ecstasy), 1470s (Frick Collection, New York)

The Feast of the Gods, 1514/1529 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)


Antonello da Messina (c. 1430-79)

St. Jerome in his Study, 1470s (National Gallery, London)

Christ Crowned with Thorns c. 1465 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Portrait of a Man, c. 1465 (National Gallery, London) 






Priapus and Lotis


Lecture 6: Beyond Tuscany: Piero della Francesca and Court Arts of the Quattrocento

Submitted by (inactive) on Tuesday, 3/10/2009, at 11:49 AM

10 March 2009


Piero della Francesca (c. 1415-92)

            Baptism of Christ, late 1440s-50s (National Gallery, London)

            Resurrection, c. 1458 (Museo Civico, Sansepolcro)

            Madonna and Child with Saints, mid-1470s (Brera Gallery, Milan)

            Battista Sforza and Federico da Montefeltro, c. 1474 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)


Luciano Laurana, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, mid-1460s


Giuliano da Maiano, Studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro, 1470s. Palazzo Ducale, Urbino



Borgo Sansepolcro

di sotto in sù

Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier (1528)


trompe l'oeil


Lecture 5: Art in the Age of Lorenzo the Magnificent

Submitted by (inactive) on Tuesday, 3/10/2009, at 11:46 AM

3 March 2009


Donatello (c. 1386/90-1466)

Equestrian Monument to Erasmo da Narni (Gattamelata), 1447-53. The Santo, Padua

The Penitent Magdalene, c. 1430-50 (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence)

Judith and Holofernes, late 1450s (Palazzo Vecchio, Florence)

David, 1460s (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence)


Antonio del Pollaiuolo (1431/32-98)

Hercules and Anteus, early 1470s (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence)

Hercules and the Hydra and Hercules and Anteus, c. 1460 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Battle of the Nudes, c. 1470-75. Engraving

St. Sebastian, 1474-75 (National Gallery, London)


Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-88)

Doubting Thomas, c. 1466-83. Orsanmichele, Florence

David, 1470s (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence)

Lady with a Posy, late 1470s (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence)

Equestrian Monument of Bartolommeo Colleoni, c. 1481-96. Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo, Venice


Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)

Adoration of the Magi, early 1470s (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Primavera, c. 1482 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Venus and Mars, c. 1483 (National Gallery, London)

The Birth of Venus, 1480s (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Calumny of Apelles, c. 1497-98 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)


Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-94)

Sassetti Chapel, 1483-86. Santa Trinità, Florence

                        Resurrection of the Notary’s Son

                        Confirmation of Franciscan Rule by Pope Honorius II

                        Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds, 1485

Tornabuoni Chapel, 1485-90. Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Birth of the Virgin

Old Man and a Young Boy, c. 1490 (Musée du Louvre, Paris)




lost-wax technique

Pazzi Conspiracy 1478





Marsilio Ficino




Lecture 4: In Dialogue with Antiquity

Submitted by (inactive) on Monday, 3/2/2009, at 1:17 PM

19 February 2009


Leon Battista Alberti (1404-72)

Self-Portrait Medal, c. 1435 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Palazzo Rucellai, c. 1452-58. Florence

Santa Maria Novella, c. 1456-70. Florence


Paolo Uccello (c. 1397-1475)

Perspective Study, c. 1430-40 (Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe, Florence)

Monument to Sir John Hawkwood, 1436. Florence Cathedral.

Deluge, c. 1445-55. Chiostro Verde, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Battle of San Romano, c. 1435-60 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence; National Gallery, London; Musée du Louvre, Paris)


Domenico Veneziano (c. 1410-61)

St. Lucy Altarpiece, c. 1445-47

Madonna and Child with Saints Francis, John the Baptist, Zenobius, and Lucy (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

St. John the Baptist in the Desert (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)


Andrea del Castagno (1417/19-57)

Last Supper, 1447, Sant’Apollonia, Florence.

Famous Men and Women, 1448 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

            Pippo Sano

            Cumaean Sibyl

            Dante Aligheri

David, c. 1451 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Monument to Niccolò da Tolentino, 1455-56. Florence Cathedral








terra verde





Lecture 3: New Developments in Quattrocento Painting

Submitted by (inactive) on Thursday, 2/19/2009, at 12:09 PM

12 Feburary 2009


Masaccio (Tommaso di ser Giovanni di Simone Guidi, 1401-1428)

Pisa Altarpiece, 1426

Madonna and Child with Angels (National Gallery, London)

Crucifixion (Museo nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples)

Trinity, c. 1426-7, Santa Maria Novella, Florence


With Masolino (Tommaso di Cristofano di Fino; 1383-c. 1440)

Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, c. 1424-27

      Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise

      The Tribute Money

      Baptism of the Neophytes

      St. Peter Healing with his Shadow

      Healing of the Cripple and The Raising of Tabitha


Fra Angelico (late 1390s-1455)

Annunciation and Scenes from the Life of the Virgin, c. 1432-34. (Museo Diocesano, Cortona)

Descent from the Cross, c. 1434 (Museo di San Marco, Florence)

San Marco Altarpiece, c. 1438-40 (Museo di San Marco, Florence)

Frescoes at San Marco Monastery, Florence 1438-1445


Fra Filippo Lippi (c. 1406-69)

Tarquinia Madonna, 1437 (Palazzo Barberini, Rome)

Annunciation, c. 1440, San Lorenzo, Florence

Madonna and Child with the Birth of the Virgin and the Meeting of Joachim and Anna, 1452 (Palazzo Pitti, Florence)

Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1450s (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Madonna and Child with Two Angels, c. 1455-65 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)




momento mori

atmospheric perspective

sacra conversazione



venus pudica



Lecture 2: "Seconda maniera"

Submitted by (inactive) on Tuesday, 2/10/2009, at 12:24 PM

Birth of the ‘Seconda maniera’ and the Era of Competition

2 February 2009


Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455)

Baptistery, Florence :

Sacrifice of Isaac, competition panel, 1401-1403 (Bargello, Florence)

Scenes from Life of Christ, north doors, 1403-24


         Flagellation of Christ


 ‘Gates of Paradise,’ east doors, 1425-52 (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo)

         Creation of Adam and Eve

         Jacob and Esau

St. John the Baptist, c. 1414 (Museo di Or San Michele, Florence)


Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446)

Sacrifice of Isaac, competition panel, 1401-1403 (Bargello, Florence)

Cupola of Florence Cathedral (Duomo), 1420-1436

San Lorenzo, c. 1418-c. 1466, Florence

Ospedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital), begun 1419-21, Florence

Pazzi Chapel, c. 1423-24, Santa Croce, Florence


Donatello (c. 1386-1466)

St. Mark, 1411-13 (Museo di Or San Michele, Florence)

St George, c. 1415-20 (Bargello, Florence)

St. George and the Dragon, c. 1415-20 (Bargello, Florence)

Feast of Herod, c. 1425. Baptistery, Siena


Nanni di Banco (c. 1374/80-85–1421)

Four Crowned Saints, c. 1414-16 (Museo di Or San Michele, Florence)






rilievo schiacciato

pietra serena

continuous narrative


vanishing point



Lecture 1: "Prima maniera"

Submitted by (inactive) on Thursday, 2/5/2009, at 11:47 AM

“Prima maniera:” Cimabue, Duccio, Giotto

29 January 2009


Cimabue (active 1272-1302)

Enthroned Madonna and Child with Angels and Prophets, c. 1280. (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Crucifix, 1280s (Museo di Santa Croce, Florence)


Duccio di Buoninsegna (active 1278-1318)

Madonna and Child, c. 1300 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Maestà Altarpiece, 1308-11 (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena)

            Virgin in Glory with Saints

            Temptation of Christ

            Entry into Jerusalem

            Betrayal of Christ


Giotto di Bondone (c. 1277-1337)

Crucifix, c. 1295, Santa Maria Novella, Florence.

Ognissanti Madonna, c. 1305-10 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Life of the Virgin, Life of Christ, Last Judgment, 1305-1308, Scrovegni (or Arena) Chapel, Padua

Life of St. Francis, c. 1308, San Francesco, Assisi










a secco