Domestic Life and the Arts in Renaissance Italy

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Domestic Renaissance Italy

Spring 2020

Taught By: Tracy Ehrlich

Section: A

CRN: 7140

Credits: 3

This class will explore the art of private life in Renaissance Italy, focusing on Florence in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries with some reference to Venice. The material culture of the Florentine palace and the rituals of family life, in particular those associated with courtship, marriage, and birth, will be our focus. Over the course of the semester we will consider the organization of space in relation to function and use; the character and meaning of interior decorations, particularly moveable objects, and the role of gender and class in domestic space. Sessions will examine such objects as wedding chests (cassoni), nuptial gifts, birth trays, glassware, majolica, tableware, and the rituals of domestic life associated with them. Special topics include studioli and collectors’ cabinets. We will be able to take advantage of permanent installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are two mandatory class visits to the museum.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:56am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020