DU2311 Death and Remembrance in Early Modern Visual Culture

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Pavel Suchánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Pavel Suchánek, Ph.D.
Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Tue 16:00–17:40 K31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The course explores the meanings behind an astonishing range of visual artifacts connected with death, and describes the attitudes and practices which lay behind their production and use during the Renaissance and Baroque.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
- identify and summarize key strategies in the field of funeral visual culture;
- identify and describe the main issues and ways of using and functioning with death-related works of art;
- compare and comment differences in approaches to commemorating the deceased in different regions, periods and social environments
- reconstruct and interpret the ideological content and meaning of the early modern works of art.
  • Examples of topics: - Attitudes toward mortality and death in the Early Modern Europe - Images of Death: Ars moriendi; Memento mori; Vanitas; Danse Macabre - Salvation: epitaphs; images of purgatory; role of religious brotherhoods and their patronage - Ceremonials: royal funerals; ephemeral buildings; Castrum doloris - Commemoration: sepulchral art, tombs and other memorial projects; forms, iconography, function; individual and collective representation - New mentalities around 1800: modern graveyards; public memorials
    required literature
  • ARIÈS, Philippe. Dějiny smrti. Translated by Danuše Navrátilová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2000. 410 s. ISBN 8072032933. info
  • ARIÈS, Philippe. Dějiny smrti. Translated by Danuše Navrátilová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2000. 358 s. ISBN 8072032860. info
  • PANOFSKY, Erwin. Tomb sculpture : four lectures on its changing aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini. Edited by Martin Warnke - H. W. Janson. London: Phaidon Press, 1992. 319 s. ISBN 0714828246. info
    not specified
  • LLEWELLYN, Nigel. The art of death : visual culture in the English death ritual, c. 1500-c. 1800. Repr. London: Reaktion Books, 1997. 160 s. ISBN 0948462167. info
  • Church and death :the institutionalization of death in the early modern times. Edited by Martin Holý - Jiří Mikulec. Praha: Historický ústav, 2007. 301 s. ISBN 9788072861064. info
  • LLEWELLYN, Nigel. Funeral monuments in post-Reformation England. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. xxviii, 47. ISBN 0521782570. info
  • Ephemeral bodies : wax sculpture and the human figure. Edited by Julius von Schlosser - Roberta Panzanelli. Los Angeles, Calif.: Getty Research Institute, 2008. vii, 327. ISBN 9780892368778. info
  • PRAHL, Roman. Umění náhrobku v českých zemích let 1780-1830. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2004. 335 s. ISBN 8020011889. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Final written test, homework, reading
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught only once.

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