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Postgraduate Course: Patronage of the Papal Court 1471-1534 (HIAR11078)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course uses art and material culture commissioned by popes and cardinals to consider issues of hierarchy, identity and self-fashioning. Its focus is on patrons rather than on the makers, though their choice of particular artists will be explored. The artists whose work you will study include Botticelli, Pinturicchio, Raphael and Michelangelo. It asks how the individuals represented their own interests in an institutional context and whether or not, together, they add up to a manifesto for the papacy. In more general terms the course will look at the pros and cons of patronage studies for constructing a history of art in the Early Modern period. Assessment will take the form of a case study of the patronage of a pope or cardinal as selected by each student.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
Key artifacts, material culture and architecture commissioned by popes and cardinals in Rome in the period 1471-1534.
The main cultural and political features of the papal court in particular the complex relationship of popes and cardinals - and the Roman Catholic Church in this period.
The city of Rome in the period and the way it shapes art produced in the city.
Current literature and key debates on art and patronage in this period.
The pros and cons of studying artworks via their patrons (rather than, for example, their creators).

You will be able to:
Identify, locate and source evidence as necessary in a self-directed manner.
Formulate research questions to drive autonomous investigations.
Analyse complex bodies of evidence visual and literary and highlight significant features.
Marshall a range of primary and secondary sources into a coherent argument, drawing own conclusions.
Reason critically and offer judgements based on argument that can be communicated effectively to specialist (tutors and peers) or non-specialist audiences.
Think independently and self-reflectively, sometimes making connections between familiar and new ideas or material.

You will be able to employ:
Visual Skills; including observation, description, interpretation, and presentation
Research Skills: including use of appropriate methods to locate primary and secondary sources and works of visual art, but also forming research questions and pursuing them autonomously.
Critical Skills: including selection of relevant material, and appraisal of other people's arguments on the basis of familiarity with source materials and current literature.
Writing Skills: including use of proper academic conventions, creating logical and structured narratives, and effective use of language to convey particular and general points.
Time Management Skills: to work independently to briefs and deadlines; take responsibility for your own work; reflect on your own learning and performance and make constructive use of feedback.
Reading List
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Carol Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4119
Email: C.M.Richardson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5852
Email: lizzie.robertson@ed.ac.uk
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