Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Caravaggio and Early Baroque Classicism

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit discusses the powerful imagery of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Annibale Carracci within the multi-faceted contexts of artistic patronage and style. It studies the complexities of late 16th century painting in Rome and how these two artists impacted the emergence of a new style around the year 1600. The first part of the study-unit concentrates on painting in Rome between 1590 and 1606.

The second part of the study-unit is meant to provide the necessary tools for a critical art historical appreciation of the major pictorial productions of the Early Baroque (1600-1630). It discusses Caravaggio's Late Period and the emergence of Caravaggism, together with the Classicist tendencies manifest in the paintings of the Bolognese artists working in Rome.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to bring students in contact with up-to-date research on Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) and Early Baroque Classicism (1600-1630) through a critical analysis of recent literature and the study of specific themes.

The study-unit is designed to provide the student with a systematic understanding of the birth of Baroque Art.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss the contribution of Caravaggio to development of Realism in 17th century art, discuss the role played by Annibale Carracci in the formation of the Classicist Baroque school, be in a position to analyse and discuss art-historical, contextual and theoretical issues pertaining Early Baroque Art.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Comprehend the scholarly methods for the analyses of the paintings and context of Early Baroque Rome and literature on the period;
- Have a comprehensive critical understanding of the work of the major artists of the period, the mechanics of patronage, and theoretical complexities.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- R.Wittkower, Art and Architecture in Italy 1600-1750, Yale (1958; with later editions and imprints).
- K. Sciberras, D. M. Stone, Caravaggio – Art, Knighthood and Malta, Malta 2006.
- C. De Giorgio, K. Sciberras (eds), Caravaggio and Paintings of Realism in Malta, Exh. Cat., Malta (2007).
- C. Puglisi, Caravaggio, Phaidon (1998).
- H. Langdon, Caravaggio, C&W (1998).
- Caravaggio L’Ultimo Tempo 1606-1610, Exh. Cat., Electa (2004).
- Annibale Carracci, Exh. Cat., Electa (2006).
- Caravaggio Napoli, Exh. Cat. Museo Di Capodimonte (2019).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Keith Paul Sciberras (Co-ord.)

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