FINE3018. Art, writing, printing and printmaking in early-modern Europe

6 credits


The invention of printing with movable type, and the concurrent invention of printmaking technologies capable of reproducing images, marked an epochal development in European culture. This course investigates the ways in which these technologies arose and developed. We examine the new media that transformed visual culture in the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the impact of printing on older forms of visual art, such as painting, sculpture and architecture. In the first section of the course we will study printmaking techniques and the multiplication of images. The invention of printmaking transformed artistic training, enabled new forms of collecting, and altered the status of the image as a medium for conveying knowledge. In studying these developments, we will look at printmakers like Dürer, Cort, Callot, Goltzius and Rembrandt. In the second section, we will look at this material through the lens of intellectual history, book history, and the history of reading.

Assessment: 100% coursework.
Prerequisite: At least one 2000-level Fine Arts course.