Thursday, October 24, 2013

ART HIST 2A03 / CMST 2I03: Spike Lee's Bamboozled

W.J.T. Mitchell discusses Spike Lee's film Bamboozled (2000) at length. In this satirical film Lee addresses racial stereotypes and the power of stereotypical and offensive images to endure (like 'living images').

You can watch the film here:


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ART HIST 3S03: Black Death Documentary

Here is the Black Death documentary presented in class, Monday Oct. 21:

ART HIST 4E03: Readings for Monday Oct. 28

Hello everyone,

I have the first of the readings for next week. Keisha's selected reading is the following:

John B. Lord, "Expanding the Heritage of Marketing Thought: The Significance of Martin Luther's Treatise Trade and Usury (1524)," (1989).

Callie's reading is the following:

Galloway, J.H. "What Did the Dutch Have to Do with Sugar in the Caribbean?" In Major Problems in Atlantic History, edited by Alison F. Games and Adam Rothman, 216-222. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.

"What Did the Dutch Have to Do with Sugar in the Caribbean?"

Friday, October 18, 2013

ART HIST 2I03: Gattamelata

Since the question had been asked in class this morning... Gattamelata was the nickname of Erasmo da Narni.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

ART HIST 4E03: Readings for October 21

Hello everyone,

The readings have been slowly coming in this week. I am posting as they arrive. The first is from Alex: 

Schmidt, B. “Mapping an Empire: Cartographic and Colonial Rivalry in Seventeenth-Century Dutch and English North America” The William and Mary Quarterly , Third Series, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Jul., 1997), Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. pp. 549-578.

Daniela's reading is now in:

Luxury and Calvinism/ Luxury and Capitalism: Supply and Demand for Luxury Goods in the
Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic
Author(s): Jan de Vries
Source: The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, Vol. 57, Place and Culture in Northern Art
(1999), pp. 73-85

Saturday, October 12, 2013

ART HIST 3S03: Test Study List

First of all... many thanks to Toshawb Wilson for notifying me of a display problem with this post. I believe this issue is now rectified. Please find below the list of images for the upcoming test  (Friday, Oct. 18). In light of the fact that the initial post did not display I am going to provide the identifications (including dates) on the test. You should still be familiar with each of the works listed below so that you can respond effectively to the questions. The format for the test has been discussed in an earlier post on this blog (see:

Apse Mosaic with Christ and San Vitale (San Vitale, Ravenna)
Court of Justinian mosaic (San Vitale, Ravenna)
Cimabue, Madonna and Child Enthroned
Christ Pantocrator, Cathedral of Monreale, Palermo
Baptism of Christ mosaic, Hosios Loukas
Pietro Cavallino, Last Judgment fresco (Santa Cecilia, Rome)
Giotto, Ognissanti Madonna
Giotto, Kiss of Judas (Scrovegni Chapel, Padua)
Giotto, Last Judgment (Scrovegni Chapel, Padua)
Giotto, St. Francis Preaching to the Birds (San Francesco, Assisi)
Giotto, The Mourning of St. Francis (Bardi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence)
Duccio, Maesta (Siena)
Coppo di Marcovaldo, mosaic of Christ (Baptistry, Florence)
Andrea Orcagna, Strozzi Altarpiece (Santa Maria Novella, Florence)

Monday, October 7, 2013

ART HIST 2I03: Test Study List

Please find below the study images for the upcoming ART HIST 2I03 test. The test will only use two of the works listed below (1 per question). You are responsible for knowing the artist or architect, title and date for each. Familiarity with the media used may also be helpful to know in the course of your responses.

Cimabue, Enthroned Madonna and Child
Giotto, Enthroned Madonna (Ognissanti Madonna)
Giotto, Arena Chapel (interior)
Giotto, Kiss of Judas (Arena Chapel)
Giotto, Last Judgment (Arena Chapel)
Duccio, Maesta (front)
Duccio, Noli Me Tangere (back, Maesta)
Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Effects of Good Government
Filippo Brunelleschi, Dome, Florence Cathedral
Filippo Brunelleschi, Hospital of the Innocents
Filippo Brunelleschi, Sacrifice of Isaac (bronze competition panel)
Lorenzo Ghiberti, Sacrifice of Isaac (bronze competition panel)
Donatello, St. George (Or San Michele)
Donatello, St. George and the Dragon (predella panel in relief)
Donatello, David (bronze nude)
Nanni di Banco, Four Crowned Saints (Or San Michele)
Gentile da Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi
Masaccio, The Virgin and Child (center panel of the Pisa Altarpiece)
Masaccio, Trinity
Masaccio, Tribute Money (Brancacci Chapel)
Masaccio, Expulsion of Adam and Eve (Brancacci Chapel)
Masolino, Temptation of Adam and Eve (Brancacci Chapel)
Fra Angelico, San Marco Altarpiece
Fra Angelico, Annunciation
Filippo Lippi, Madonna and Child
Paolo Uccello, drawing of a chalice
Paolo Uccello, Sir John Hawkwood
Paolo Uccello, Battle of San Romano (London panel)
Piero della Francesca, Flagellation of Christ
Piero della Francesca, Double Portrait of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

ART HIST 4E03: Readings for Oct. 7

Here are the next set of readings for our October 7 session>

Adam has 9 pages of reading material which can be accessed on the Art History website, here:!art-hist-4e03-readings/c16wt

Anna's reading is available on jstor:

Elderkin, Kate McK. “Aphrodite Worship on a Minoan Gem”, The American Journal of
Archeology 29, no. 1, 1925.

A Few Things to Consider:   
      How does the archeological evidence at Phaistos regarding Conch and Cockle Shells prepare us for the precious materials used in the Baroque?

·        Do the ways in which the items are given/possessed change?

o   How does this reflect emerging Humanistic values?

·        What, if any, similarities exist between the fact that conch/cockle shells were sacrificed to Aphrodite vs being given by the Papacy? Do the moralizing ‘lessons’ change? How so?

·        For those of us who are familiar with Greco-Roman mythology, can we see a tie between Euhemerism, or perhaps etiological mythology and the Baroque? Authors such as Knipping observe that often the natural and supernatural interpenetrate one another in the Baroque, is this an antiquated convention or something more recent?

·        Is it possible to see themes of sensuality, erotic love, flightiness or perhaps even fertility in the Worldly Possessions exhibit? If so, why or why not? Do natural wonders always harken to such eroticism? How could this either entice someone to view the exhibit or alternatively cause them to dismiss Baroque wonders as mere frivolous indulgence?

Please Note:

Don’t feel the need to answer all of the questions, but rather use this as a guide to direct your thoughts.

·        Assuming everyone has read this article, I will bring in Hesiod to contextualize any questions regarding Euhemerism or etiological mythology, if needed. 

ART HIST 3S03: Art of Eternity - The Glory of Byzantium (BBC Documentary)

Here is the BBC documentary shown in class (Monday, September 30).