356 [Lesson on the chronological and geographical boundaries of Renaissance history. Major document: Francesco Petrarch, The Ascent of Mt. Ventoux.] LO13 04 September Tu Peter Burke, The Renaissance [Lesson and discussion of the meaning of humanism. Major artifact: Pierre Bouvelles, "Steps of Humanity." LO13 06 September Th Peter Burke, The Renaissance [Lesson and discussion on Renaissance historiography; discussion of the legitimacy of using the term "Renaissance" as a meaningful mode of interpretation of other cultural places and periods. Major document: Natalie Zieman Davis, "Was There a Renaissance among the Seventeenth-Century Iroquois?"] LO13 11 September Tu Gene A. Brucker, Renaissance Florence, pp. 1-25 [Major artifacts: powerpoint presentation of transitional Florentine Renaissance art: Brunelleschi's Doors of Paradise; Masaccio's Trinity; Fra Angelico's Last Judgment; and Donatello's Mary Magdalen.] LO3 13 September Th Brucker, pp. 25-50 [Major artifacts: powerpoint presentation of Renaissance art on display from the permanent collection at San Francisco, Palace of the Legion of Honor. Assignment follows, in pairs of students, to analyze a work for its historical context; artist; patron; use of color and images; and meaning.] LO23 18 September Tu Extended work on Brucker's commentary of Florentine architectural history. [For each photo, the students will find the page reference where Brucker describes the place and explain what impression it made on Brucker’s understanding of Renaissance Florence. This will entail group work. Final question for discussion: "What did the buildings reveal to him about the city of Florence in the Renaissance?"] LO23 20 September Th The new Renaissance city of Europe. [Lecture with slides of new urban patterns in the Renaissance. Powerpoint presentation of the exportation of Florentine models of public and domestic space.] LO1 25 September Tu Brucker, chapter 2, pp. 51-88 Government [Major documents: Florentine municipal statutes; municipal statutes of San Bartolomeo del Gualdo Mazzocca. Lesson on the development and decline of the Florentine republic.] LO13 27 September Th Brucker, chapter 3, pp. 89-127 The Guilds [Major artifact: the guild statues of Orsanmichele.] LO3 02 October Tu Brucker, chapter 4, pp. 128-171 Labor [Major documents: excerpts of historical interpretations of the Ciompi Revolt, with discussion following.] LO1 04 October Th Brucker, chapter 5, pp. 172-212 The Church [Major artifact: recording of Guillaume Dufay, Nuper flores rosarum.] LO3 09 October Tu Brucker, chapter 6, pp. 213-255 Learning [Major documents: excerpts from Machiavelli and Guicciardini, with a discussion of Florentine humanism. LO13 11 October Th Brucker, chapter 7, pp. 256-280 Civic Humanism [Major document: excerpt from Hans Barron's interpretation of the Florentine crisis of 1406, with discussion of interpreting the beginning of the Renaissance in Florence.] LO1 16 October Tu Midterm Exams on Tuesday and Wednesday [Oral exams on student comprehension of the Renaissance history, historiography, and, in particular, the case study of Florence.] LO123 18 October Th Midterm Holiday 23 October Tu Student Lecture
Jacob Burckhardt, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy,
pp. 1-53. The Decline of the Republics. [Major artifacts: The mouth of secret denunciations at the ducal palace in Venice; powerpoint presentation on the palace of Urbino, with a lesson on Duke Federigo Montefeltro] LO13 25 October Th Student Lecture. Recovery of the Sense of History.
Burckhardt, pp. 53-97. [Major artifacts: powerpoint of Renaissance monumental and funereal art and architecture] LO3
30 October Tu Student Lecture. The Birth of the Individual.
Burckhardt, pp. 98-119. [Major document: Reading from Richard Southern on medieval humanism, with a discussion about the uniqueness of Renaissance individuality.] LO1
01 November Th Student Lecture
Burckhardt, pp. 120-151. Renaissance Letters. [Major document: excerpt from Aretino.] LO3
06 November Tu Student Lecture
Burckhardt, pp. 151-198. Renaissance Letters [Major artifact: photo of sarcophagus of Carlo Marsuppini (Aretino); major document: excerpts from Shakespeare's sonnets] LO13
08 November Th Student Lecture
Burckhardt, pp. 198-248. Social Class in the Renaissance [Major document: excerpt from Leon Battista Alberti. Major artifact: recording of Heinrich Isaac, Palle, Palle.] LO3
13 November Tu Student Lecture
Burckhardt, pp. 248-289. Art and Religion [Major artifact: Titian, Sacred and Profane Love.] LO3
15 November Th Student Lecture
Burckhardt, pp. 289-323. Renaissance Morality [Major documents: excerpts from Machiavelli, Cicero, and Isaiah Berlin, with a discussion on interpreting Renaissance morality.] LO13