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Undergraduate Course: Expanding Vision: Visual Culture in France from the Limbourgs to Leonardo (HIAR10014)

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SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course considers the most significant painters and patrons active in France from the time of the Limbourg brothers (d.1416) until the period spent by Leonardo da Vinci in France between 1516 and 1519. While attention is paid to examining general problems in the attribution and dating of works of art, as well as to the development of style and influences from abroad, the emphasis of the course is on exploring ways in which general practices of looking were shaped by a range of new cultural experiences involving vision. Among topics addressed in the course are: the relevance of optical aids, such as spectacles and mirrors; changing attitudes to the natural world and to beauty; the development of viewing habits associated with architecture, especially windows; ways in which sculpture and other works of material culture changed conceptions of the use of space; and broadening uses of images across the social spectrum. The role of France in the broader development of visual culture in late medieval and Renaissance Europe is one of the major issues that the course seeks to define. The course is structured by examining in chronological sequence a series of key works of art, beginning with illuminated books of hours associated with the duke of Berry and ending with tapestries, stained glass and printed books designed by artists active in Paris during the later fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Important personalities in the development of French culture during this period, such as Christine de Pisan, Joan of Arc, Ren'eacute; of Anjou, Jean Fouquet and Anne of Brittany will be investigated. Since relatively few large-scale paintings survive from this period from France, manuscript illumination is a prominent feature of the course. Study will make extensive use of both modern facsimiles of important books of the period and also original manuscripts in Edinburgh collections.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR ( Architectural History 2A (ARHI08002) AND Architectural History 2B (ARHI08003))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 24 hour online examination paper (50%) and 1 extended essay of 2,500 words(50%)
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)24 hour online examination paper0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Assess key developments in painting and manuscript illumination in France between c.1380 and c.1520.
  2. Engage with approaches that help to identify, date and contextualize works of art during this period. Interpret examples of painting of this period by means of visual analysis.
  3. Apply critical attitudes to understanding works of art in their original contexts through observation and through reading of original documentary sources. Critique recent scholarly literature relating to this period.
  4. Evaluate the significance of the arts of France of this period within the broader history of Western visual culture.
  5. Explain differences in practices of looking developed in France during this period. Identify the principle painterly techniques practiced in France at this time.
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Course organiserDr Bryony Coombs
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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