Love, lust, and desire – both spiritual and secular – are among the dominant themes in Italian Renaissance art and literature. In this course, we will examine the ways in which the artists, poets, theologians, and philosophers of this period struggled to define, and to represent, the complexities of love in all its facets. We will analyze the thematics of desire in male and female portraiture and mythological paintings, the erotics of mysticism in altarpieces, and the taboos of sex in early modern printmaking.