Global Encounters in Early Modern Art and Visual Culture

Intensive global contact occurred on an unprecedented scale in the early modern period. From 1300-1900, while Europe was undergoing major social, political, and economic transitions, it was also expanding westward and eastward, embroiled in colonial and exploratory missions. This course explores artistic exchanges between European and non-European cultures, and how cross-contact led to the creation of new and hybrid art forms. Topics will include: the theory and historiography of global art; pre-colonial and post-colonial Indigenous art practices in North, Central, and South America; artistic relations between Venice, the Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires; the Dutch Atlantic; Portugal’s overseas mercantile networks in Africa and Asia; missionary art in China and Japan; the impact of slavery; and contemporary issues such as reconciliation, and restitution.