Postgraduate Course: Patronage of the Papal Court 1471-1534 (HIAR11078)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||4,000 word essay
|No Exam Information
| 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Carol Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4119
|Course secretary||Mrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5744