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Undergraduate Course: The Art of 16th-Century Venice (LLLA07142)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummarySixteenth-century Venice was extraordinarily rich in artistic talent. In addition to the illustrious Titian, a constellation of artistic geniuses worked in Venice producing paintings of the highest quality. This course will examine in detail the careers of some of these artists placing them within their cultural and political contexts.
Course description Week 1: Introduction to the City State of Venice, La Serenissima, created out of inhospitable marsh land with few natural resources yet became one of the wealthiest states in Europe. Carpaccio, Lion of St Mark; Bellini, Procession in the Piazza di S. Marco; Bellini, Portrait of Doge Loredan; Titian, the Assunta
Week 2: Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, their influence on Venetian painting, Young Woman at her Toilet, Madonna with Saints
Week 3: Giorgione and the birth of the female Nude, Venus, the Tempest, Laura; Carpaccio and the influence of Netherlandish art, Dream of St Ursula, Healing of the Possessed Man
Week 4: Titian, his early career, The Assunta, The Three Ages of Man, Venus Rising from the Sea
Week 5: Titian, his later career, Diana and Actaeon, Diana and Callisto, Portrait of Charles V
Week 6: Tintoretto, painter to the ¿middling folk¿, Finding the Body of St Mark, Miracle of the Slave, Christ Carried to the Tomb
Week 7: Veronese, painter to the nobility, The Feast in the House of Levi, The Wedding at Cana, The Family of Darius before Alexander
Week 8: Lorenzo Lotto, The Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome, Peter, Francis and an Unidentified Female Saint, Venetian Woman in the Guise of Lucretia; Jacopo Bassano, The Adoration of the Kings, St Roche among the Plague Victims
Week 9: Venetian courtesans, neither lady nor whore; Titian, Flora, The Venus of Urbino, Paris Bordon, Venetian Women at Their Toilet
Week 10: visit to the National Gallery of Scotland
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a wide-ranging knowledge of sixteenth-century Venetian painting
  2. demonstrate a familiarity with the artists responsible for the work, and their contexts
  3. understand the role of the international art market in the dissemination of Venetian painting
  4. critically engage with the historical circumstances and extant evidence.
Reading List
Clark, Michael, Bowron, Edgar and Butterfield, Andrew, 2010. Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting. Newhaven CT: Yale University Press.
Gombrich, E., 1995. The Story of Art. Oxford: Phaidon.
Humfrey, P., 1995. Painting in Renaissance Venice. Newhaven CT Yale University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills ¿ Critical thinking.
¿ Analysis of sources.
¿ Written and oral communication.
Study Abroad N/A
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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