Special Topics
Meaning in the Making
W 1:00pm-4:00pm
210 Tappan
3 Credit Seminar

In this seminar we will discuss the relationship between the meanings of an object and the process by which it is made. We thus investigate representation as a phenomenon of production as well as conceptualization. Art historians have to consider how the very process of making constructs meaning, yet information about technique often fails to go further and scholars frequently skim over the conditions and actions of making. Several classes will attend to theories and models of artistic creativity but in concrete and historical terms (eg necromancy; Narcissus). The conditions and materials of production are also central (eg pigments; self-portraiture; use of models). The focus will be the visual culture of early modern Europe (c. 1400-1700), but perspectives from other disciplines and fields are welcome.

Estimated cost of materials: $50 or more, but less than $100.