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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2103 Renaissance Art and Architecture North and South of the Alps circa 1400-1550

20 creditsClass Size: 46

Module manager: Dr Urszula Szulakowska
Email: U.S.Szulakowska@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have completed at least 20 credits from the list of following modules: ARTF1045, ARTF1046, ARTF1041, ARTF1042, ARTF2000.

Pre-requisites

ARTF1041Museum/Country House Studies 1
ARTF1042Museum/Country House Studies 2
ARTF1045A Story of Art I
ARTF1046A Story of Art 2
ARTF2000Stories of Art:An Introduction

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

PRE-REQUISITES: Students wishing to take this module as an elective must have completed at least 20 credits from the following modules: ARTF1045, ARTF1046, ARTF1041, ARTF1042 or ARTF2000This module explores the historiography of the Renaissance from the early Renaissance to the early modern period, paying attention to contemporary critics and theorists as well as later historians. Studies will be made of problems involving patronage and the changing character and public role of the artist. The effect of secular and clerical patronage on subject-matter, composition, the use of portraiture, the depiction of landscape, the organisation of artists' workshops, cross-influences between Italian and Northern intellectual and artistic culture, the socio-political and cultural role of women in the business of art and its thematic depictions will be studied. An introduction to the architecture of the northern Italian Renaissance will also be provided in its patronal context. Special attention will be paid to the influence of Italian humanism north and south of the Alps. Secular learning will be contextualised within the rise of proto-capitalism in northern Italy and the Low Countries with their new urbanised patronage. Reference will be made to the origins of the Reformation in Germany and its effects on art and architecture.Assessment: 1 x 1 hour exam (50%) and 1 x 2,000-3,000 word essay (50%).

Objectives

On completion of this module students should:
- be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the complex origins of both the Italian and the Northern Renaissance from c 1390 to c 1600;
- have a sound comprehension of the socio-political and economic context of the artists and art-works involved and should understand the cultural, intellectual and religious changes occurring at this time;
- be capable of undertaking a sophisticated and informed analysis of selected problems and case-studies related to the art and architecture of this period;
- be able to engage critically with the comparative historiography of the Renaissance.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual and visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


Syllabus

This module will explore critically the historiography of the Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe from the early Renaissance through to the early modern period with attention being paid to contemporary critics and theorists such as Alberti, Vasari and Durer as well as nineteenth and twentieth century historians such as Burckhardt, Warburg, Saxl and Panofsky. Studies will be made of selected problems from the art of this time involving issues of patronage and the changing character and public role of the artist.

Both secular and clerical patronage will be examined in its effects on innovations affecting subject-matter, medium, spatial composition, the use of portraiture, the depiction of landscape, the organisation of the artists' workshop, cross-influences between Italian and Northern intellectual and artistic culture, the socio-political and cultural role of women in the business of art and its thematic depictions. An introduction to the architecture of the northern Italian Renaissance will also be provided in its patronal context.

Special attention will be paid to the influence of Italian humanism on art north and south of the Alps. Secular learning will be contextualised within the rise of proto-capitalism in northern Italy and the Low Countries with their new urbanised patronage in comparison to court-patronage. Reference will be made to the origins of the Reformation in Germany and its effects on art and architecture.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar102.0020.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

150 hours - class preparation including researching textual and visual materials/reading/preparation
30 hours - essay preparation and writing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- attendance
- group presentation
- participation in class discussion.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000-3,000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/05/2010

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