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Advanced Study in the History of Art — Enlightenments

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor

The European Enlightenment has been described as a “revolution of the mind,” a fundamental turning point in the way Europeans imagined the world and their place in it, and a foundational moment for the emergence of modern society and culture. This course critically investigates how the so-­called “age of reason,” and the attempts to place knowledge on new foundations that characterized it, impacted art and architectural thinking. How did new ideas about nature, human nature, and “civilization” shift thinking about the place of art and architecture in society, and how conversely did the visual arts and architecture help to construct such new concepts as public opinion, human progress, and the salubrious, rational city ? The course balances recent interpretations with readings of period texts ranging from proto science fiction to works by Diderot, Hume and Kant, and ex! amines ke y institutions and monuments of the period, from the public exhibition, to the Encyclopédie to the paper architecture of Boullée and Ledoux.

Offered for 9 or 12 units