Art and architecture made for the major courts of 17th-century Europe, with an emphasis on the absolute monarchies. Focus on the key artists (such as Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Bernini, Carracci, and Poussin), and on architectural sites such as St. Peter's and Versailles. Themes include the relationship between art, politics, and power; courtly self-fashioning; the function of spectacle, collecting, and display; and the unity of the arts; and others. (Not offered 2017-18).
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