Italy: Renaissance Painting Techniques/Perugia to Venice
6 credits (ILLUS-1501/HAVC-1501-01)
Jan. 3-18: RISD
Jan. 19-Feb. 4: Venice, Perugia, & Florence
Renaissance Painting Techniques (taught by Richard Gann, on-campus + off-campus)
Late Medieval and in particular the painting of the Italian High Renaissance represents what might be considered the largest, most coherent, and instructive body of representational and narrative painting. For Illustration students, and all those interested in representational painting and especially the human figure, this body of art is unmatched in its significance. Through the study of the techniques employed by the artists of that time, primarily pure egg yolk tempera, gilding, oil painting with the use of glazes (commonly known as the indirect method/Venetian method), students will come to understand the history of the development of painting in the West, how certain effects of luminosity are created, and new ways of mixing color. Through the sequential study of techniques and then intensive study of masterpieces in Italy, students are able to make new and exciting connections between technique and appearance. While these techniques are not in common in contemporary painting curricula, as time-honored methods within studio practice, they can vitalize students' processes.
The course will commence in Providence with 3 weeks of studio practice and will then move to Italy for 17 days of travel and study of art work there in tandem with Pascale Rihouet's HAVC-1511 course 'Perugia to Venice'.
Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00
Perugia to Venice (taught by Pascale Rihouet, off-campus)
This intensive course is taught directly in front of artworks in their original settings or in the museums of Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo, Florence, Siena, Venice and Padua during a 17-day trip. It works in tandem with Prof. Gann’s “Techniques of Renaissance Painting.” With Prof. Rihouet, you will study the historical and social contexts in which new ways of depicting the world emerged, first with Giotto (ca. 1300) and then with the “renaissance” from 1420s to the sixteenth century. You will learn to decipher iconography, distinguish conventions from innovations, understand why and for whom works were made, and how they fit their purposes and intended space. We will look with a critical eye at the agency of the artist, issues of gender and group identity, patronage, private and public devotion, and global exchanges. Prior to the trip, you will read and write a response journal in preparation for the stay in Italy. Once in situ, each student will briefly present specific works. The travel course includes submitting short essays reacting to the readings, reflecting on visual analysis and your personal viewing experience as well as a final research topic.
Permission of Instructor required. Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies.
Estimated Travel Cost: $3,400.00 – airfare included as well as cost includes: accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.