History of Modern Art (m) (2009/2010)

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Bernard Jan Hendrik Aikema
Bernard Jan Hendrik Aikema
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II semestre dal Feb 22, 2010 al Jun 5, 2010.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course presents the painter Lukas Cranach, a key figure of the Renaissance of the early sixteenth century German art.


The course elaborates a series of interpretations of the life and works of Lukas Cranach (1472-1553), in the broad context of the art and visual, religious, political and religious culture of the times. Together with his “counterpart”, Albrecht Dürer, Lukas Cranach was the absolute protagonist of the artistic culture of the Renaissance in Germany, which was marked by the reception of claccisizing forms and ideas of Italian origins, on the one hand, and the protestant, lutheran reform on the other. In the course, we will analyze the works and contexts of the artist’s long career, which brought him from Vienna to Wittenberg, to Augsburg, and to Weimar; a career marked by his rapports with some of the great figures of his days, such as Frederick the Wise of Saxony, the Cardinal of Brandenburg, and Martin Luther.

Frontal lectures and some seminar sessions.

Texts will be indicated at the beginning of the course

Frontal lectures with images, seminar sessions, possibly one or two field trips

Assessment methods and criteria

written exam