Spring 2023 Course Highlight | Gore Luxury Identity Mimesis: Northern Renaissance

Professor Jennifer Nelson will be teaching ART HIST 360 | Gore Luxury Identity Mimesis: Northern Renaissance TR 1:00–2:15PM. Sophomore standing, Humanities Breadth, L&S credit. Register here. Description: Why do Netherlandish Lamentations feature bloody, putrefying wounds? Why is a skull distorted across the front of Holbein’s Ambassadors? Is there interracial love in Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights? Featuring the cultural production of image-makers like Jan van Eyck, Tilman Riemenschneider, Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, this course will survey both visual culture and canonical monuments of art in Northern Europe ca. 1400-1570. We will engage with media ranging from the new format of mass-producible prints to the pseudo-antique format of medals, emphasizing canonical formats of the fine arts in this period—painting and sculpture. How did this visual output emerge in the context of cultural changes in the spheres of naturalism, technology, humanism, theology, and European “expansion,” among others?Informed by readings of primary and secondary textual sources, students will develop strong skills in visual analysis broadly understood, a deep sense of historical context, and experience with various traditional methodologies in art historical and visual studies.