Italian Art and Architecture – Description

Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture
by Dr. Margaret Kuntz
Thursday, 1:30-3:30, April 29, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2021

This course will focus on the art and architecture of some of the greatest Italian masters, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Bernini, Borromini, Caravaggio, and Artemisia Gentileschi. Questions surrounding design process, function and meaning, rivalry, and gender are just some of the issues we will address as we explore individual works of art and well-known urban projects of the 16th – 17th centuries.

Lecture topics may include:

  1. Michelangelo at St. Peter’s and the Vatican: The Sistine Chapel and the Pauline Chapel
  2. Leonardo: Science, Art, and the Debate Surrounding the Salvator Mundi
  3. Caravaggio: The Man and the Art
  4. Artemisia Gentileschi: An Independent Spirit and Shrewd Businesswoman
  5. Fountains of Rome: Water a Precious Commodity

Dr. Margaret Kuntz is Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department and Director of Museum Studies and Cultural Management at Drew University. She has a M.A. in art history from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is a specialist in Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting, sculpture and architecture. Her scholarly re- search concerns the decoration and ceremonial functions of the Vatican Palace and St. Peter’s Basilica and the late works of Michelangelo.

Her recent publications include: “Michelangelo the ‘Lefty’: The Cappella Paolina, the Expulsion Drawings and Marcello Venusti,” in Michelangelo in the New Millennium. Conversations About Artistic Practice, Patronage and Christianity, ed. Tamara Smithers, series editor Walter Melion, Brill Studies on Arts, Art History and Intellectual History, vol. 14, 2016, pp. 179-209.

“Celebrating the Surrender of La Rochelle in Rome: Urban VIII, The French National Churches and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain,” in La Chiesa e il convento della Trinità dei Monti. Ricerche, Nuove leeure, Restauri, eds. Coleee Di Maeeo and Sebastiano Roberto, De Luca Editori D’Arte, 2016, pp. 57-67.

“Liturgical, Ritual, and Diplomatic Spaces at St. Peter’s and the Vatican Palace: The Innovations of Paul IV, Urban VIII, and Alexander VII,” in A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492-1692, eds. Pamela Jones and Barbara Wisch, and Simon Ditchfield, Brill, 2019, pp.75-98.

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