The theme of this team-taught course will be ‘Renaissance Reinterpretations of the Ancient World’. This course will consider how Renaissance artists, architects, scientists, philosophers, theologians, and literary writers drew on antiquity and adapted and transformed it, in keeping with their own assumptions and preoccupations. Examples of the kinds of works we will consider include: Renaissance epic, architectural projects such as Brunelleschi’s cupola in Florence, the genre of autobiography (drawing for instance on Augustine’s example), etc. We will ask, not only what works were produced, but how the concepts of imitation and emulation led to an ambiguous and complicated relationship with ancient models, which ancient traditions were considered particularly worthy of being followed, and why. We will consider all works within the broader historical context.
Classes run from 7-9pm and will take place in room number H4.50, which is on the fourth floor of the humanities building, so you will need to take the lift to the fourth floor, then follow the door numbers along, across a glass walkway, and into the area where H4.50 is located. There is a multi-storey car park opposite in one direction (No 8) and to the side of us in another direction (No 7); there is also the flat (one-level) sports centre car park (No 8a) inbetween the other two. Parking is free after 6pm so there will be no need to buy a ticket.
This is a link to the interactive campus car parking map, which clearly shows the humanities building (which is shaped like a big ‘H’) and car parks 7, 8 and 8a which surround us. https://warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/interactive/
Listen again to each lecture by visiting this page (registered participants only). https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/outreach/communitycourse2019/audio/
|1||11 January||Maria Pavlova||Ariosto and the Ancient World||Wk1 reading|
|2||18 January||Katherine Forsyth||John Milton and the Ancient World||Wk 2 reading|
|3||25 January||Gloria Moorman||Art and Cartography in the Renaissance: The Influence of Ptolemy's Geography||Wk 3 reading also (but non-essential) materials as accessible online: - Francesca Fiorani, The Marvel of Maps: Art, Cartography and Politics in Renaissance Italy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005), pp. 1-13; pp. 61-92 (especially 78-89) - The Guardian, 27 Jan 2010: Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda And Art https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2010/jan/26/british-library-map|
|4||1 February||Rebecca Carnevali||Renaissance Visual Culture and the Classical Tradition||Wk4 reading|
|5||8 February||Giorgio Lizzul||Debt, Finance and the Classical Tradition||Wk5: reading 1 Luciano Pezzolo; reading 2 John A. Najemy|
|6||15 February||David Lines||Renaissance Aristotelianism and the Classical Tradition||Wk6: reading|
|7||22 February||Anna Laura Puliafito||Anti-Aristotelianism||Wk7: reading No 1; reading No 2|
|8||1 March||Marta Celati||Political Thought, Conspiracies, and Tyranny||Wk8 reading|
|9||8 March||Michael Bycroft||Science, Gems ... and the Classical Tradition||Wk9 reading|