The twenty-first-century viewer is so accustomed to visual imagery that reproduces, in the most minute detail, the thing, view, person seen, that this kind of image production is taken to be the goal to which all image makers aspire (up until the modern period, that is). To many the imagery of the classical periods in western art history, Greece, Rome, the Italian Renaissance and nineteenth-century France set the standards by which much artistic production, even today, is measured. This course examines how and attempts to understand why Ã¢â‚¬Å“ClassicalÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“NaturalisticÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“RealisticÃ¢â‚¬Â vision transformed the artistic production of these cultures across time and space and why it continues to be important to us today.
How do we explain/understand/give historical meaning to naturalistic representation in the visual arts?
What is the connection between how we see and naturalistic representations?
What is the historical significance of the concept of naturalistic representation to the history of art and to our understanding of the role of art in cultural practice both in the past and in the present day?