Course Descriptions & Syllabi

491 Capstone in Art History: Leonardo da Vinci

Course Description

This course can be used to fulfill the WCd of the Core Curriculum. Open to Juniors and Seniors

Required of Art History Majors; others need permission of instructor. 

Profiting from last year’s fifth centenary of Leonardo’s death and ensuing exhibitions and publications, this seminar examines the art and life of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), one of the most fascinating and influential figures in European cultural history. Perhaps best known as a painter, Leonardo was also a tireless draftsman, architect, sculptor, inventor, civil engineer, anatomist, and student of humankind and nature. We will look at his multifaceted production within the context of the places where he worked (Florence, Milan, Rome, and France) and investigate his artistic, religious, political, economic, and personal motivations.

Each week there will be assigned readings available in PDFs on the seminar website. Everyone must do the assigned readings and come to class ready to take part in discussion. Starting in week two, each week a small group of students will be responsible for presenting the readings and prompting discussion. I will take the class through an overview of the period of Leonardo’s career and the larger issues during the first part of the class. Then the assigned group will present the readings.

Students will also choose a subject on which to do research, present their findings to the seminar in a 20-minute oral report, and then write them up as a research paper due at the end of the semester. The research paper will be done in stages that I will oversee:

  • Thesis proposal
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Outline
  • First draft
  • Final draft

Course Materials

TBD

Course Instructor

Sarah Blake McHam

FALL 2020

Syllabus: The syllabus will be available on the Learning Management System (Sakai/Canvas) as of first day of class                

DISCLAIMER: The Course 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.) first day of class.

Contact

Susan Sidlauskas, Chairperson

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Carla Yanni, Undergraduate Director

Tamara Sears, Graduate Program Director

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