Postgraduate Course: Rome across Time and Space. Visual Culture and Cultural exchanges, c. 300-1300 (HIAR11044)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Between 312 when the pagan Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and 1305 when Pope Clement V left for Avignon, the City of Rome was one of the leading centres of the world. The former imperial capital was transformed into the administrative seat of the papacy and, later, of the Roman Commune too, being admired, often revered and sometimes even 'feared' for its influence as the political and intellectual centre of all Christendom. Rome thus became one of the most important goals of pilgrimage, and a vibrant centre of cultural exchange where unrivalled expressions of art and architecture were constantly being commissioned. Whilst the rulers of the City preserved the essential legacy of the Ancient World by turning antique buildings into churches, they quickly learned to 'manipulate' this legacy and, in so doing, transformed its original meaning. Rome's imperial heritage, ritual and public space, religious and secular architecture, mosaics, frescoes, icons and sculpture will be examined in their historical and intellectual context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||4,000 word essay
||All students submit an outline of the essay in progress, in week seven of the semester. You will be given a ten-minute oral individual feedback on this within few days of the hand-in date.
Marked and monitored essays are also returned to students in ten-minute individual feedback sessions before the end of the teaching period
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- gain knowledge of art and architecture produced in Rome over a thousand years, and an understanding of the role played by cultural exchanges both in both shaping and transforming art
- gain understanding of the interplay between archaeological, art-historical and written evidence, and will learn to make critical use of both textual and visual evidence
- learn to engage critically with modern scholarship and with different methodological approaches
- gain understanding of the role of modern copies in the study of medieval works of art (in particular on the basis of the first-hand analysis of copies of medieval Roman mosaics at the National Galleries of Scotland)
- develop a connoisseurship, that is you will develop the visual and analytical skills required to provide an approximate date for an early medieval work of art and to understand its original function and context (in case of a loose fragment), and to date and attribute a late medieval work to an artist/workshop.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||This course brings students to a real awareness of Rome over a thousand-year period and develops the
|Course organiser||Dr Claudia Bolgia
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Binks
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