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Undergraduate Course: Art in Europe 1000-present (LLLA07268)

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
SummaryStudy 1000 years of Art History in 10 weeks. Taking a century per week, and using carefully chosen examples, this course explores a millennium of dramatic change, from the middle ages and the Renaissance to modernism, and postmodernism and towards the present day.
Course description Academic description

This is part of a series of three courses introducing students to 3000 years of European art, with each course focusing on a 1000-year period. The courses can be taken independently of each other, but can also be taken in sequence to provide a wide-ranging overview of art across three millennia. By focusing on 100 years in each class, this series of courses moves away from the traditional art historical emphases, and allows a longer, and more nuanced view of art history.

This course surveys developments in art from the Romanesque eleventh century to Tracey Emin at the end of the twentieth. The course begins with art and especially architecture from the Romanesque period, moving into Gothic style and then into the Renaissance. The course then looks at arguably even more dramatic changes, through Neoclassicism and Romanticism to Modernism, Postmodernism up to the end of the twentieth century.

Outline content

1000-1100 Romanesque architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, pilgrimages and monasticism
1100-1200 Early Gothic
1200-1300 Duccio, Cimabue, Giotto, Pisano, High Gothic, Rayonnant Gothic, Chartres Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle
1300-1400 Giotto, Cione, Martini, Lorenzetti, Fabriano, Veneziano, Parler, Flamboyant Gothic, Perpendicular style
1400-1500 van Eyck, Limbourg, Masaccio, Francesca, Pisanello, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Ghiberti, Memling, Mantegna, Leonardo, van der Weyden, Donatello, Sluter
1500-1600, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Cranach, Holbein, Pontormo, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Palladio, Bramante
1600-1700, Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Hals, Vermeer, Velasquez, La Tour, Poussin, Le Brun, Le Nôtre, Bernini, Borromini, Vauban, Wren
1700-1800, Canaletto, Bellotto, Piranesi, Panini, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze, Hogarth, Gainsborough, David, Fisher von Erlach, Vanvitelli
1800-1900, Goya, Géricault, Ingres, Delacroix, Friedrich, Courbet, Pugin, Monet, Rodin, Repin, Whistler, MacIntosh, Horta
1900-now, Picasso, Duchamp, Moore, Hepworth, Albers, Orlan, Richard Long, Abramovic, Tracey Emin, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Rogers, Botta.

Student learning experience

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1x 2,000-word essay submitted after the end of the course
Feedback Students can submit an optional formative assessment essay plan midway through the course. Tutor feedback is fed forward to writing the assessed essay. Students receive written feedback on their assessed work from their tutor after the course ends, and can request further feedback from the tutor or course organiser.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. conduct a methodological analysis of artworks
  2. recognise and describe the work of various European styles and creators
  3. assess critically broad trends in the history of European art between 1000 and the present day.
Reading List
Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art. Rev. 7th. London: Laurence King.
Cormack, R., 2000. Byzantine Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Benton, J.R., 2002. Art of the Middle Ages. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Coldstream, N., 2002. Medieval Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Arnold, J.H., 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Blondé, B., Boone, M. & Van Bruaene, A.-L., 2018. City and Society in the Low Countries, 1100¿1600. Cambridge University Press.
Nash, S., 2008. Northern Renaissance Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Welch, E.S., 2000. Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Williams, R., 2009. Art Theory: An Historical Introduction. 2nd edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Edwards, S. ed., 1999. Art and its Histories: A Reader. London: Open University/Yale University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Analysis of sources
- Debate and critical analysis
- Oral discussion
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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