Queer Renaissance (AH4114.01)

J. Vanessa Lyon

A developmental, periodizing, and heteronormatively-inflected approach to idiosyncratic male artist-geniuses such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and even Titian has dominated Renaissance art history. Yet given its cross-cultural, colonial origins, and paradoxical investment in both ‘pagan’ antiquity and Christian humanism, ‘pre-modern’ Renaissance visuality is anything but straightforward. In this circumscribed survey of sixteenth-century art, we will read scholarship invigorated by queer theory, feminist, post-colonial, and gender studies as well as primary sources by pioneering art historians and queer art writers, e.g. Vernon Lee and Walter Pater.

Learning Outcomes:
Critical thinking; advanced research and academic writing; formal presentation skills

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Toward a Rigorous Art History or another Intro to AH; Renaissance studies; Queer Studies
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 6:30PM-10:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Art History , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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