Certificate in Art History and Visual Culture - Advanced Seminar in Baroque Culture MUSC 4360   Advanced Seminar in Baroque Culture
This course offers its students a survey of key aspects of seventeenth and eighteenth-century European history and society along with a first-hand view of some of the most important aspects of baroque style and material culture. It takes place in the town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. The course introduces students to the socio-political conditions that led to the birth of Baroque civilization before entering into an exploration of the court life of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Europe. It then examines the cultural and artistic forms most characteristic of this period, with particular emphasis on opera history and on the role of the ‘theatrical’ in the Baroque arts. As the course proceeds, students will have an opportunity to consider the connections between course material and the evidence of Baroque culture to be found in the Castle Theatre’s scenographic machinery, its stock of original scenery and props, and its collection of historical costumes, as well as to witness an experimental Baroque opera performance. Finally, the course will include visits to Prague and other sites of interest to add to students’ understanding of the Baroque and its legacy to subsequent periods.
NOTES: Credit can only be given for this course if X and Y are completed in consecutive terms and partial credit cannot be given for a single term.
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PREREQUISITES: Permission of the Fountain School of Performing Arts and/or the Department of History.
CROSS-LISTING: HIST 4162.06, THEA 4735.06
RESTRICTIONS: 3rd and 4th year students only.