ARTH 012 Master Drawings: Syllabus

This course will provide an introduction to European master drawings, from the Italian and German Renaissance to the present day, primarily through the study of actual works in the distinguished collection of the Clark Art Institute. We will begin with the materials, technique and function of drawing in the artist's working process. Then we will discuss how these informal working sketches became desirable to collectors, a subject of critical study, and eventually a key factor in the practice of connoisseurship, a fundamental discipline in traditional art history. We will also consider finished drawings produced for exhibition and sale, the effect of the invention of photography in the nineteenth century, and the changing role of drawing through the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Above all, we will consider the nature of style in drawing and in the finished paintings or objects created through it in relation to the personality of the individual artist and his development.
The course, depending on enrollment and other factors, will include field trips to Cambridge, to spend a day in the drawings study of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, and to New York, to view the January exhibitions of drawings at major auction houses and dealers.
Evaluation will be based on classroom performance and a 10- to 15-page research paper, or (subject to approval by the instructor) a substantial artistic project.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 15. Preference given to advanced Art majors.
Meeting time: afternoons; 6 two-hour sessions at the Clark after an introductory classroom meeting, with one or two extra meetings for discussion and research preparation, as needed. There will be two full-day field trips.
Costs to student: $60 in textbooks; approximately $30-40 expenses for the field trips.

M. LEWIS (Sponsor)

Michael Miller has worked in the field of drawings as a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art, an independent dealer, and a teacher at Oberlin College and New York University. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics and an M.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard University and combines his interests in language, literature and art in his research and teaching. He has published articles on Pintoricchio, Raphael, Peruzzi, and Michelangelo, and others, as well as numerous reviews and contributions to exhibition catalogues. He is also active as a fine art photographer.