Italian Renaissance Painting II: 16th Century

Mar 2005

David Rosand speaks slowly, deliberately, and carefully. This is both good and bad. It's convenient because it allows the student to reflect and digest the presented material, which is very rewarding in its own way. But it's also horrible because Professor Rosand hardly defines his terms or takes the time to elaborate; when he says "coiffure" he means hair, when he says that " Euclid in the School of Athens represents the 'harmo-chordic' representations of the universe, despite the fact that he's presented as an ally of Plato instead of Aristotle", you kind of wonder what the hell he's talking about. You must heed his advice on the importance of independent learning or you may be in trouble. You'll notice that 80% of the 20 page syllabus lists the "reccomended/suggested" reading sections, so understand that he wants us to be independent learners. Just grab onto one of your picked up interests and stick with it. Also, make sure you're very careful with the required readings; Professor Rosand will throw curveballs at you during test time - for midterms, the question was "Discuss what Vasari means by the 'Modern Style' ", despite never going into depth with Vasari. This class can only be highly beneficial if you have time and passion, two things that have a hard time to simultaneously coeexist at Columbia! So stick with your practical guns and be good to yourself with Rosand!