ART 384, CRITICAL BOOK REVIEW ASSIGNMENT This short paper will consist of a critical book review of around three or four pages in length on an important source (not a picture book) for your research paper. The topic for your research paper, and the book to be reviewed, should be submitted by the instructor for approval on February 6. You should read your chosen book carefully, noting the author's arguments, and comparing them to what you find in your texts. You likely will want to do some supplementary reading to check further on the book’s accuracy. , The review should be written in clear English, and must be in printed format. It is due on March 7. Reviews submitted after this date (unless cleared with the instructor) will be graded off one-third of a grade per day late.
The Book Review A critical book review is an informed critique of a scholarly work. It should take something like the following form:
1. Bibliographical information about the work: author, title, place and date of publication. This is given as a heading.
2. A brief statement of the book's purpose or thesis (why it was written). This may be combined with an introduction to the material dealt with in the book.
3. A synopsis of the order in which the author presents his or her information.
4. Critical evaluation of the success or failure of the book in meeting its thesis. This may include any errors in the book you find (including typos), any features which made the book difficult to read, and mention of additional material that the author failed to include.
5. A final evaluation of the book as a success or failure, including what readership it is suitable for.
APPROVED REVIEW TOMES 1) Giotto: d'Arcais, Giotto ; Eimerl, The World of Giotto , Maginnis, Painting in the Age of Giotto ; Smart, The Dawn of Italian Painting, 1250-1400 .
Pisanello: Syson and Gordon, Pisanello: Painter to the Renaissance Court.
Mantegna: Lightbown, Mantegna ; Martineau, Andrea Mantegna .
Giovanni Bellini: Goffen, Giovanni Bellini ; Robertson, Giovanni Bellini .
Carpaccio: Brown, Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio.; Mason, Carpaccio, the Major Picture Cycles; Sgarbi, Carpaccio .
Leonardo: Nichol, Leonardo da Vinci ; Bramley, Leonardo, the Artist and the Man ; Gould, Leonardo ; Kemp, Leonardo da Vinci ; Letze and Buchsteiner, Leonardo da Vinci ; Whiting, The Art of Leonardo da Vinci .
Raphael: Ettlinger, Raphael ; Jones and Penny, Raphael ; Pope-Hennessy, Raphael ; Oberhuber, Raphael, The Paintings ; Tabervacchia, Raphael.
Vasari: Rubin, Vasari: Art and History 2) Brunelleschi: Saalman, Filippo Brunelleschi: the Buildings ; Battisti, Filippo Brunelleschi .
Alberti: Grafton, Leon Battista Alberti, Kelly, Leon Battista Alberti .
Bramante: Bruschi, Bramante .
Michelangelo: Ackerman, The Architecture of Michelangelo ; Argan and Contordi, Michelangelo the Architect .
Palladio: Ackerman, Palladio ; Boucher, Andrea Palladio .
3) Mannerism: Hauser, Mannerism ; Shearman, Mannerism ; Hall, After Raphael .
4) Catholic Church and 16th century art: Goffen, Piety and Painting in Renaissance Venice ; Freedberg, Painting in Italy, 1500-1600 .
5) Renaissance theories of art: Blunt, Artistic Theory in Italy, 1450-1600 ; Summers, The Judgement of Sense ; Wohl, The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art .
6) Italian Renaissance art in Renaissance society: Cole, Italian Art, 1250-1550: The Relation of Renaissance Art to Life and Society ; Welch, Art and Society in Italy, 1350-1500 (=Art in Renaissance Italy); Burke, Culture and Society in Renaissance Italy2; Wackernagel, The world of the Florentine Renaissance Artist ; Ames-Lewis, The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist.
PAPER ASSIGNMENT AND SUGGESTED TOPICS, ART 384 Write a paper of at leasteight, and not much more than ten (10) pages, following extensive research in the Library, on one of the following topics. If the suggested topics are unsatisfactory, students are free to develop a topic of their own choosing, but they must discuss its feasibility with the instructor to gain his approval before undertaking the topic. Papers will be graded on content, clarity and style. Citations may be done with any coherent system (APA or MLA are the most common), but the source of your information needs to be documented. Plagiarism, whether direct copying, or illegal paraphrase, will cause the paper to be failed. Unless otherwise cleared with the instructor, papers will marked down one third letter grade per day late. It is due March 14. 1) Discuss the artistic career of one of the following artists, with attention to his (or her) importance and influence on the development of Italian Renaissance style, and the ways in which his works represent Renaissance values: Giotto, Ghiberti, Masaccio, Nanni di Banco, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Uccello, Castagno, Veneziano, Verrocchio, Pollaiuolo, Perugino, Pisanello, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Carpaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo (painting or sculpture, not both), Titian, Giorgione, Pontormo, Parmigianino, Correggio, Veronese, Anguissola, Bronzino, Vasari. .
2) Discuss the career of one of the following architects, with attention to his importance and influence on the development of Renaissance style, and the ways in which his work represents Renaissance values: Brunelleschi, Alberti, Bramante, Michelangelo, Palladio.
3) Examine the Mannerist crisis of the 1520s and 1530s in painting or architecture in Florence and Rome. Attention should be paid to the origins of Mannerism, its nature and to the reasons for its emergence.
4) Discuss the changing attitudes of the Catholic Church towards Renaissance art in the 16th century. Particular attention should be paid to the differences between High Renaissance and the Counter-Reformation ideas of art.
5) Discuss the evolution of, nature of and the changes in Renaissance theories of art.
6) Discuss the role of and intent of Italian Renaissance art in Renaissance society.