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  • UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy


    LEVEL 3


    MODULE TITLE: Courts and Court Cultures

    TIME: Tues, Thurs. 2-3 PLACE: E1104

    LECTURER/S: Kathleen James-Chakraborty Email : kathleen.jameschakraborty@ucd.ie

    Office Hours: Mondays 10-11, J009

  • Module Description: During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries much of the most innovative art and architecture in Europe and Asia was produced in the major courts. From London to Kyoto, courts sponsored architecture intended to support their political power as well as painting, sculpture, and furnishings that sustained the impression of their magnificence. Focusing on the courts of Charles I in London, Philip IV in Spain, Louis XIV in Versailles, Cosimo de Medici in Florence, Urban VII in Rome, Sulieman in Istanbul, Shah Abbas in Isfahan, Shah Jahan in Delhi, Wanli in Beijing, and the imperial Japanese court in Kyoto during the shoganate of Tokugawa Hidetada, this module will explore the ways in which the arts succeeded and failed to support these rulers and the impact of their production upon the emergence of modern consumer culture as well as the more general transformation of society. Learning Outcomes: Students will be required to: Demonstrate knowledge of the location and historical circumstances regarding the major Asian and European courts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Be able to recognize and comparatively analyze the physical settings of these courts. Be able to recognize and comparatively analyze representative examples of the art produced at and for these courts. Schedules of Lectures and Readings: January 20: Introduction: Themes Reading: Darwin, After Tamerlane, 4-99 January 22: NO CLASS [no office hours on January 26] January 27: Introduction: Rulers and Consorts

    Reading: Darwin, After Tamerlane, 104-55. January 29: Cosimo de Medici and the birth of court culture in Florence Reading: Cochrane, Florence in the Forgotten Centuries, 1-92 February 3: The Topkapi Serayi and the Court of Suleyman in Istanbul Reading: Necipoglu, Architecture, Ceremonial, Power, 1-30; 53-69 February 5: Imperial Faith: The Anatomy of an Ottoman Imperial Mosque Complex Reading: Necipoglu, The Suleymaniye Complex in Istanbul: An Interpretation. Muqarnas III (1985), 92-117. [available on JSTOR]

  • February 10: Imperial Faith and Urban Improvement: Pope Urban VIIIs Rome Reading: Waddy, Seventeenth-century Roman Palaces, 3-13, 173-271 February 12: A Stage for Imperial Spectacle: the Maidan in Isfahan Reading: Blair and Bloom, The Art and Architecture of Islam, 165-90 February 17: Gate to a Garden Palace: the Ali Qapu Palace Reading: McChesney, Four Sources on Shah Abbass Building of Isfahan. Muqarnas V (1988), 103-134. [available on JSTOR] February 19: Rubens and van Dyck at the Court of Charles I in London Reading: Howarth, Images of Rule, 120-52 February 24: Safavid and Mughal Painting: from Shah Abbas to Shah Jahan Reading: Beach, Mughal and Rajput Painting, 39-150 February 26: Shah Jahanabad: A Mughal Palace and its City Reading: Koch, Diwan-i-Amm and Chihil Sutun: the Audience Halls of Shah Jahan. Muqarnas XI (1994), 143-165. [available on JSTOR] BA ESSAYS DUE; MA PAPER PROPOSALS DUE March 3: The Taj Mahal: An Imperial Tomb Reading: Koch, Taj Mahal, 82-114; 126-99; 215-29 March 5: the State Portrait: Velasquezs images of Philip IV Reading: Brown, Painting in Spain, 1500-1700, 111-30, 164-99 March 31: Housing the Living and the Dead in Beijing and Beyond Reading: Clunas, The Art of Social Climbing in Sixteenth-century China, Burlington Magazine CXXXIII (11991): 368-75 [available on JSTOR] April 2: Courtiers and Connoisseurs: Thomas Howard and Tung Chi-chang Reading: Cahill, The Compelling Image, 36-39 April 7: A Courtier Rules: the Ninomaru Palace in Kyoto Reading: Berry, Public Peace and Private Attachment: the Goals and Conduct of Power in Early Modern Japan, Journal of Japanese Studies XII (1986): 237-71 [available on JSTOR] April 9: Katsura: A Japanese Imperial Retreat Reading: Coaldrake, Architecture and Authority in Japan, 138-62 April 14: Louis XIVs Versailles Reading: Mukerji, Dress and Address: Garden Design and Material Identity in Seventeenth-century France, in Benes and Harris, Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France, 249-70

  • MA ESSAYS DUE April 21: Dressing the Part: the Textiles of Rule Reading: Vollmer, Clothed to Rule, 12-51 April 7: Consorts and Concubines: Women at Court Reading: Dixon, Women Who Ruled, 119-69 April 23: Conclusion There will also be an optional field trip to the Chester Beatty Library. Selected Additional Reading: General Works: Barbara Brend, Islamic Art Jonathan Brown, Kings and Connoisseurs: Collecting Art in Seventeenth-century Europe Robert Hillenbrand, Islamic Art and Architecture Lisa Jardine, Worldly Goods Lisa Jardine and Jerry Brotten, Global Interests: Renaissance Art Between East and West J. T. Paoletti & G. Radke, Art in Renaissance in Italy Ann Sutherland Harris, Seventeenth-century Art and Architecture John La Plante, Asian Art Attilio Petruccioli, Gardens in the Time of the Great Muslim Empires Henri Steirlin, Islamic Art and Architecture Christopher Tadgell, Four Empires of Islam: Imperial Achievement Medici Florence: Konrad Eisenbichler, The Cultural Politics of Duke Cosimo I deMedici Konrad Eisenbichler, The Cultural World of Eleanora di Toledo, Duchess of Florence and Siena Richard Goy, Florence: The City and its Architecture

  • Gabrielle Langdon, Medici Women: Portraits of Power, Love, and Betrayal from the Court of Cosimo I Leon Satkowski, Giorgio Vasari: Architect and Courtier Carl Strehlke, Pontormo, Bronzino and the Medici: The Transformation of the Renaissance Portrait in Florence Natalie Tomas, The Medici Women: Gender and Power in Renaissance Florence Barbarini Rome: Frederick Hammond, Music and Spectacle in Baroque Rome: Barbarini Patronage under Urban VIII Howard Hibbard, Bernini Tod Marder, Bernini and the Art of Architecture Laurie Nussdorfer, Civic Politics in the Realm of Urban VIII Louise Rice, The Altars and Altarpieces of new St. Peters: Outfitting the Basilica: 1621-1666 P. J. A. N. Rietbergen, Power and Religion in Baroque Rome: Barbarini Cultural Politicies John Beldon Scott, Images of Nepotism: The Painted Ceilings of the Palazzo Barbarini Rudolf Wittkower, Art and Architecture in Italy: 1600-1750 Stuart London: Christy Anderson, Inigo Jones and the Classical Tradition Christopher Brown and Hans Vlieghe, Van Dyck, 1599-1641 Fiona Donavan, Rubens and England Erin Griffey, Henrietta Maria: Piety, Politics, and Patronage David Howarth, Lord Arundel and his Circle Miller, Oliver, Van Dyck in England

  • Linda Peck, Consuming Splendor: Society and Culture in Seventeenth-century England Philip IVs Madrid: Thomas Acker, The Baroque Vortex: Velazquez, Calderon, and Gracian under Philip IV Jonathan Brown: A Palace for a King: the Buon Retiro and the Court of Philip IV Jonathan Brown, Velazquez: Painter and Courtier Dawson Carr, Velazquez John Lynch, The Hispanic World in Crisis and Change, 1596-1700 Stephen Orso, Phliip IV and the Decoration of the Alcazar in Madrid Versailles: Robert Berger, Versailles: The Chateau of Louis XIV Martha Edmus, Piety and Politics: Imagining Divine Kingship in Louis XIVs Chapel at Versailles Antonia Fraser, Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King Jean-Baptiste Leroux, The Gardens of Versailles Chandra Mukerji, Territorial Ambitions and the Gardens of Versailles Guy Walton, Louis XIVs Versailles Ottoman Istanbul: Etil Asin, The Age of Sultan Suyleman the Magnificent Godfrey Goodwin, A History of Ottoman Architecture Godfrey Goodwin, Topkapi Palace: An Illustrated Guide to its Life and Personalities Colin Imber, The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Power Metin Kunt and Christine Woodhead, Suleyman the Magnificent and his Age: the Ottoman Empire in the Early Modern World Gulru Necipoglu, The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire, 1539-1598

  • Orhun Pamuk, My Name is Red Safavid Isfahan: Kathryn Babayan, Mystics, Monarchs, and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran Sheila Canby, The Golden Age of Persian Art, 1501-1722 Sheila Canby, Safavid Art and Architecture David Roxburgh, The Persian Album, 1400-1600: From Dispersal to Collection David Roxburgh, Prefacing the Image: The Writing of Art History in Sixteenth-century Iran Anthony Welch, Shah Abbas and the Art of Isfahan Mughal India: Catherine Asher, Architecture of Mughal India Milo Cleveland Beach, Mughal and Rajput Painting Milo Cleveland Beach and Ebba Koch, King of the World: the Padshahnama: An Imperial Mughal Manuscript from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle Ebba Koch, Mughal Architecture: An Outline of its History and Development Ebba Koch, Mughal Art and Imperial Ideology: Collected Essays Ebba Koch, The Complete Taj Mahan John Richards, The Mughal Empire Susan Stronge, Painting for the Mughal Emperor: The Art of the Book, 1560-1660 Daniel Walker, Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era Elaine Wright, Muraqqua: Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library Ming China: James Cahill, The Distant Mountains: Chinese Painting of the Late Ming Dynasty: 1570-1644

  • Craig Clunas, Empire of Great Brightness: Visual and Material Cultures of Ming China, 1368-1644 Craig Clunas, Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China Frederick Mote and Dennis Twitchett, The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 Jianfei Zhu, Chinese Spatial Strategies: Imperial Beijing, 1420-1911 Tokugawa Kyoto: Karen Gerhart, The Eyes of Power: Art and Early Tokug