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Undergraduate Course: Poverty and Patronage: Francis, Dominic and the Arts (HIAR10069)

Course Outline
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
SummaryThe 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.
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-requisitesThis course is not open to exchange and 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 24, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
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%)
Feedback 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.

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between visual and written evidence.
  4. Learn to critically engage with modern scholarship and with different historiographical and methodological approaches.
  5. Gain an ability to undertake close visual analysis and will development the appropriate analytical skills to identify/date/attribute buildings and works of art .
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Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Amelia Hope Jones
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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