I've been an amateur student of Renaissance Art since college; and I was delighted to find out how much there was yet to learn from Cornelia. She really put the art of the period into a cultural context.
Dr. Danielson’s fascinating course provides the answers to all those questions we might have about nudity and sex in Italian Renaissance art. It gives us more than a glimpse into the lives and mindsets of the artists, patrons, Popes and Courtesans of the era. Engaging and thorough.
Fascinating and insightful exploration of the depiction of sexuality in Renaissance art. The slides were terrific and illustrated her points well. She also used the topic as an effective way in to describe the social and cultural milieu, and the personal lives of important Renaissance figures – popes, cardinals, artists, writers, courtesans. Also, Cornelia described sexual and anatomical matters with tact and discretion, and yet without pulling punches or omitting anything important – she walked a fine line perfectly. Also,the fact that she is a longtime resident of Italy means that she is personally familiar with the paintings and sculptures she discusses. It's clear that she has seen them many times, not just on an occasional trip or through books. This showed in her lectures.
I’ve long wondered why all the nudity and sexual imagery in all those old paintings from the stodgy past. This seminar explains a lot. Dr. Danielson does so in a professional and entertaining manner.
Very clearly presented with excellent visuals.