Course Title:  01:082:341  Venice

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites:  None

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

City and art of Venice considered in context of social/cultural history as reflected in masters such as Bellini, Titian, Palladio; their interpretation of favored Venetian themes: sensuality, religion, politics.

This course surveys Venetian Renaissance art. We will investigate what distinguishes the art and culture of this former world power built on water. We will study the so-called “myth of Venice” with its Republican self-fashioning and search for an identity between the East and West. Close attention will be given to the role of women in the “myth of Venice” and their representation in art, specifically in portraiture and eroticizing pastoral scenes. In addition, the class will discuss the rivalry between the arts (“paragone”), in particular between painting and sculpture with its two protagonists Titian and Michelangelo. We also will look at religious art and how it responded to papal Rome’s increasing intolerance towards the end of the sixteenth-century when the painter Paolo Veronese faced a spectacular Inquisition trial. Other artists to be discussed include Giovanni Bellini, Jacopo Tintoretto, and the architect Andrea Palladio. 

Learning Goals:

Required and Recommended Course Materials:

--Patricia Fortini Brown, Art and Life in Renaissance Venice, New York, 1997. The text is in paperback. The book and all other readings listed below are on reserve for this course in the Art Library. Reserve books should also be used for research papers, in addition to other books and periodical articles. Illustrations will be posted on this page.



The paper should be 8 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. The paper is due December 6 in class (hardcopies only). No extensions are granted and late papers are marked down a half-grade each day (for instance: A to A- to B+, etc.). Papers more than one week late are not accepted.

The class emphasizes close visual analysis and active student participation. There will be a mandatory field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


• On-time attendance is mandatory. Absences and lateness will lower your final grade. Students absent more than three times will be withdrawn and will receive a WF.
• Students are also expected to participate – your questions and observations help shape class discussions, and regular participation will improve your grade.

Cell phones are prohibited, including text messages


  • one midterm (25%)
  • one 8-page research paper (30%)
  • one final (30%)
  • participation/attendance in class (15%).


Professor Benjamin Paul

Disclaimer:  These course descriptions/synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current.  For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) as of first day of class.