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Undergraduate Course: The High Renaissance in Rome and Florence (HIAR10039)

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
SummaryThe visual arts produced in the period from 1494 to 1527 have become a benchmark for creativity in European culture. The cities of Florence and Rome played host to artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, and it was in these urban contexts that they executed their most famous paintings and sculptures. Whilst many survey books consider this era in terms of artistic genius, this course will go beyond looking at individual creativity to consider broader cultural reasons for this extraordinary artistic flourishing. This period was a time of war, regime change and many social, political and religious crises, all of which affected the working conditions of artists and the type of work they produced.

We will analyse the work of these artists and others working in this period (including Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, Fra Bartolommeo, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Giulio Romano), in terms of broad cultural changes. We will look at issues such as the role of patrons in determining the final appearance of an artwork and the growth of the concept of the 'artist'; the relationship between the visual arts and religious reform; how the nude as an artistic subject relates to renaissance ideas about gender and sexuality; and the way the visual arts were used as political propaganda.
Course description Not entered
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
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Through attending lectures and seminars, you will develop familiarity with the visual arts of High Renaissance Italy. This was a crucial period in the development of art history and theory, which also influenced art practice for the next three centuries.
  2. You will gain experience in critical engagement with the art historiography of this period, considering the merits and demerits of formalist analysis in comparison with other methodological approaches including gender/sexuality, identity, social history of art and material culture.
  3. You will develop your skills in textual analysis and historical thinking through the use of a variety of late fifteenth and early sixteenth-century written primary sources, which will form a crucial element in class teaching.
  4. You will develop your skills in visual analysis through close attention to individual objects including the applied arts as well as painting and sculpture.
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Course organiserDr Jill Burke
Tel: (0131 650 4112
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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