Renaissance and Baroque Italy 1350-1800

History 169A

Fall 2016
219 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-1230

This course will focus on the history of Italy during a period when it was the leading center of European artistic production and the driving force in the revival of classical learning, cultural ideals, and political thought. This was the Italy of Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Alberti and Botticelli. At the same time, Italy was also a political battleground through much of the period in the realm of ideas and theory but also in the literal sense. It was in Italy that "The Art of War," as Machiavelli called it, took center stage as the new princes of Italy and Europe fought for dominance. This course will subsequently focus on the artistic, intellectual, religious and political history of Italy both as it developed internally and as it was related to the broader European and Mediterranean world. Requirements will include a midterm, final, and optional final paper.

Course Books

The Secret by Petrarch, Francesco Bedford/St. Martin's Press. ISBN: 13-978-0312154387 Required
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by da Vinci, Leonardo Oxford University Press. ISBN: 13-978-0199299027 Required
Discoveries and Opinions Including the Starry Messenger by Galilei, Galileo Anchor. ISBN: 13-978-0385092395 Required
Lives of the Artists, vol.1 by Vasari, Giorgio Oxford University Press. ISBN: 13-978-0192834102 Required
The Art of War by Machiavelli, Niccolo Da Capo Press. ISBN: 13-978-0306810763 Required
The History of Italy by Guicciardini, Francesco Princeton University Press. ISBN: 13-978-0691008004 Required
The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione, Baldesar Penguin Classics. ISBN: 13-978-0140441925 Required
The History of the Florentine People, Book One by Bruni, Leonardo Harvard University Press. ISBN: 13-978-0674005068 Required
The Family in Renaissance Italy by Castiglione, Baldesar Waveland Press. ISBN: 13-978-0881338218 Required