History of Art


HART0113 Place, Space and the Imagination: Reviewing the Italian City - indicative topics

  • Spaces of representation from the street and the piazza to the princely study (we address questions of class, gender and ideology as well as the building, sculpture and pictorial decoration of specific sites. How were such spaces were produced, viewed and experienced?).
  • Production of sacred space (through practices of commemoration, procession, sacred theatre, enshrinement and miraculous’ performance’ as well as chapel decoration) gendering of space, enclosure, the domestic interior and spaces of the imagination the space of the visionary in painting and relief sculpture.
  • Perspective construction in relation to surveying, theories of vision and picture- making early map-making and ways of conceptualizing space and place in print media. locality and the character of place, comparing urban and social fabric of Venice and Florence in literary descriptions, city views and as they are imagined in narrative and domestic art.

    You will not be expected to be already familiar with Florentine, Sienese or Venetian art and history, but you will be better prepared if you visit (virtually) using films. Two very entertaining ones are:

For Florence as a ‘Renaissance’ city in the early 20th-century: James Ivory, A Room with a View, 1985

For the disorientation of Venice: Nicholas Roeg, Don’t Look Now, 1973