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Undergraduate Course: Renaissance Architecture: The Global Panorama (ARHI10047)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will critically examine buildings, cities and practices of the Global Renaissance, by looking closely at the ways in which the early modern world was connected and cross-fertilized.
Course description This course will critically examine buildings, cities and practices of the Global Renaissance, by looking closely at the ways in which the early modern world was connected and cross-fertilized. Architecture will be studied through an understanding of the diverse artistic, intellectual, political, and economic interactions between cultures in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. We will look at local practices as well as international trends, the mechanisms of exchange (travel, print culture, circulation of objects), the value systems that informed the selection processes, and, last but not least, the major theme of mercantilism as an important phenomenon that influenced the styles of buildings. Special attention will be given to new building typologies that appeared in the global panorama.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the methodologies, motives, and implications of a global architectural history of the Renaissance.
  2. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the interactions and influences of cultures during the Renaissance, whether architectural, artistic, diplomatic, economic, cultural and intellectual.
  3. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the ways in which architecture, urban spaces, and cities shaped interactions between people, ideas, and objects.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the different ways that architecture can be approached and studied, such as through style, materials, typologies.
Reading List
Abulafia, David. 'Mediterraneans', in Rethinking the Mediterranean, ed. W.V.Harris. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 64-93.

Anderson, Christy, Inigo Jones and the European Classicist Tradition

Bailey, Gauvin, The Art of Colonial Latin America. London: Phaidon (2005)

Beltramini, Palladio and Northern Europe: books, travellers, architects

Blunt, A., Art and Architecture in France, 1500-1700 (London: Penguin, 1953).

Blier, Suzanne Preston, 'Imaging Otherness in Ivory: African Portrayals of the Portuguese ca. 1492' The Art Bulletin 75.3 (1993), 375-96.

Brotton, Jerry. The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo. Oxford University Press, 2002, 1-61.

Braudel, Fernand, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Volume I (The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. The University of California Press, 1995.

Clarke, Georgia and Paul Crossley, Architecture and Language: Constructing Identity in European Architecture c. 1000-1650 (Cambridge, 2000).

Hitchcock, Henry Russell, German Renaissance Architecture. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Epstein, Steven, Purity Lost: Transgressing Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean (Baltimore, 2006), pp. 52-95

Greenblatt, Stephen, 'Introduction' Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World. Chicago: University Press (1991), 1-25.

Howard, Deborah, Venice and the East (Yale, 2000)

James-Chakraborty, Kathleen. Architecture since 1400. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Kagan, Richard with Marias, Fernando. Urban Images of the Hispanic World 1493-1793. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000

Kowal, David, 'Innovation and Assimilation: The Jesuit Contribution to Architectural Development in Portuguese India' in The Jesuits: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts 1540-1773, ed. J. O'Malley et al. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999, 480-504.

Massing, Jean Michel, 'Stone Carving and Sixteenth-Century Ivory Sculpture in Sierra Leone' Studies in Imagery Vol. II: The World Discovered. London: Pindar Press, 2007, 199-241.

Ousterhout, Robert. 'The East, the West and the Appropriation of the Past in Early Ottoman Architecture' Gesta XLIII/2 (2004), pp 165-76.

Parker, Geoffrey, Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400-1800 (Cambridge, 2010)

Rothman, Natalie, Brokering Empire: Transimperial Subjects Between Venice and Istanbul (Cornell, 2011).

Schreffler, Michael, 'Their Cortés and Our Cortés:' Spanish Colonialism and Aztec Representation, The Art Bulletin 91.4 (2009), 407-25.

Sobral, Luís de Moura, 'The Expansion and the Arts: Transfers, Contaminations, Innovations' in Portuguese Oceanic Expansion, 1400-1800, ed. Francisco Bethencourt. Cambridge University Press, 2007

Vogel, Susan, 'Introduction: Africa and the Renaissance, in Africa and the Renaissance: Art in Ivory' ed. Ezio Bassani and William B. Fagg (New York: Center for African Art), 13-20.

Zerner, Catherine Wilkinson. Juan de Herrera: Architect to Philip II of Spain. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to scrutinize, evaluate, and understand complex textual sources; build confidence in sourcing and making use of research materials; ability to summarize and coherently arrange large amounts of information; development of writing and language expression skills; enhancement of critical faculties.
KeywordsRenaissance; architecture; global; history
Course organiser Katie Jakobiec
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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