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THE RENAISSANCE WORLD


Teaching Staff: Baroutsos Fotios
Course Code: ΙΜΕ205
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Semester: 6th
ECTS: 5

Short Description:

The Renaissance is thought to be a historical period, but it actually was a movement that originated in Italy. It was based on the return to the values of classical antiquity, both Roman and Greek. In order to understand the scope of the movement it is necessary to fully grasp the historical and social whereabouts in which it developed. Focusing on art, and only on art, is not enough. We need to look into the political and economic background and the patterns of social behavior. The most ifluential theory, that of Jacob Burckhardt in the 19th century, was not about art. It was primarily a survey on the emergence of modernity. His ideas became extremely influential despite the fact that they were strongly contested by medevialists. According to Burckhardt the Renaissance took place between 1400 and 1600. We will establish that the movement of the Renaissance was active before and after the boundaries set by Burckhardt. The key factors in order to establish the time configuration of the movement are the appreciation of the classical antiquity and the humanistic values.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

With the completion of the seminar the students will:

  • Have grasped the historical and social conditions in which the Renaissance movement appeared,
  • Be able to identify the mentality and the main ideas of the movement, as well as the aspects of the material culture of the time,
  • Be acquainted with the theories that formed the idea of the Renaissance from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

 


Syllabus:

Week 1                        Lecture: Renaissance, Italian or European?

Week 2                        Lecture: The content of the Renaissance.

Week 3                        Lecture: The Renaissance people.

Week 4                        Lecture: The economy of the Renaissance.

Week 5                        Lecture: The concept, content and use of art.

Week 6                        Analysis: Famous paintings.

Week 7                        Lecture: Theories on the Renaissance 1.

Week 8                        Lecture: Theories on the Renaissance 2.

Week 9                        Presentation: J. Burckhardt, The civilization of the Renaissance in Italy.

Week 10                      Presentation: J. Huizinga, The waning of the Middle Ages.

Week 11                      Presentation: P. Burke, The Renaissance.

Week 12                      Virtual tour of the city of Florence.

Week 13                      Conclusions.


Suggested Bibliography:
  • J. Burckhardt, The civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Athens: Nefeli, 1999.
  • J. Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages, London: Penguin Books, 1990.
  • H. Baron, “Burckhardt’s ‘Civilization of the Renaissance’ a Century after its Publication”, Renaissance News 13 (1960), 207-222.
  • R.A. Goldthwaite, Wealth and Demand for Art in Italy, 1300-1600, Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1993.
  • W. Caferro, Contesting the Renaissance, Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • P. Burke, The Renaissance, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.
  • P. Burke, The Italian Renaissance. Culture and Society in Italy, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
  • Ph. Baroutsos, Renaissance. The history of a concept, Athens: Estia, 2019.

Teaching Methods:

The lesson will be fulfilled with lectures, presentations made by students followed by commenting and debate, and the virtual tour of Florence.


Evaluation Methods:

In house tests and one presentation.


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