2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CHUMS 1160 FYS: The Gods Reborn: Use of Ancient Myths Since the Renaissance

The myths of the heroes and gods of ancient Greece and Rome were used in the Renaissance, among other purposes, to glorify and justify the church and state. In this First-Year Seminar (FYS), we will look at how artists used ancient texts as their sources and how their depiction in painting and sculpture played a role in the politics of their time.  Attention will be paid to how meanings were encoded in pictures, often in ways that are obscure to viewers today. We will explore how artists turn stories and ideas into images and how viewer would read these images and also see that stories in Ovid continue to be a source for writers and artists.




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