UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Summer Examinations: 2001/2002
ARTISTS, PATRONS & CONSUMERS IN SIXTEENTH CENTURY ITALY I
Time allowed: 3 hours.
Candidates must answer THREE questions.
Read carefully the instructions on the answer book and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book.
1. Discuss the nature of court art and culture in early sixteenth-century Italy.
2. To what extent is the gender of female patrons evident in the art that they commissioned?
3. How are the ideals of Julius II and his circle registered in the decoration of the Sistine Ceiling?
4. How did Mantegna attempt to meet Isabella d'Este's requirements in his paintings for her studiolo?
5. How did Titian interpret his antique sources in his paintings for Alfonso d'Este?
6. What did Vasari mean by the term fantasia in relation to the works of Piero di Cosimo?
7. Why were Rosso Fiorentino's early works rejected by his Florentine patrons?
8. Did Pontormo embrace or reject his Florentine heritage?
9. Discuss the relationships between word and image in sixteenth-century representations of women.
10. To what extent was Alberti's notion of the istoria taken up in sixteenth-century painting?
11. Can Raphael's paintings for the Stanza della Segnatura and the Stanza d'Eliodoro be considered as propaganda?
12. Did the paragone debate have a discernible impact on sixteenth-century artistic practice?