Undergraduate Course: Poverty and Patronage: Francis, Dominic and the Arts (HIAR10069)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The Orders of Franciscans and Dominicans were the pre-eminent religious organizations of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Their dynamic growth was accompanied by an extraordinary burst of architectural and artistic patronage, which & on the one hand & contrasted strikingly with the ideas of poverty, mendicancy, and itinerant preaching of their founders & and on the other & reflected the Orders= institutional developments and relationship with the Papacy and the Universities. The course explores how architecture, frescoes, altarpieces, sculpture, stained glass, and goldsmithwork commissioned for or by the Mendicants in late medieval Italy expressed and reflected their ideologies, aspirations and activities. Particular emphasis will be given to the Mother Church of the Franciscans at Assisi, and the fresco cycles painted there by Cimabue, Giotto, and other leading artists of the time. Special attention will be also paid to the other great pilgrimage shrines, S. Domenico in Bologna and S. Antonio in Padua, and to S. Maria in Aracoeli, the Franciscan headquarters in Rome. Visits to the NGS may be required.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This course is not open to exchange and visiting students.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 two hour examination paper (50%) and 1 extended essay of 2,500 words(50%)
||All students submit an outline of the essay in progress, in week seven of the semester. Students will be given a ten-minute oral individual feedback on this within a 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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Theory Exam||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain an in-depth understanding of function, use, content, meaning of, and response to, buildings and works of art in different media, and understanding of their historical and intellectual context.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of how visual art was used to express the ideologies, aspirations and activities of the patrons, and knowledge of how artistic representations changed over a period of a hundred years as a reflection of the growth and institutionalisation of the Orders.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between visual and written evidence.
- Learn to critically engage with modern scholarship and with different historiographical and methodological approaches.
- Gain an ability to undertake close visual analysis and will development the appropriate analytical skills to identify/date/attribute buildings and works of art .
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Miss Amelia Hope Jones
|Course secretary||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460