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Undergraduate Course: Four Northern Renaissance Masters: Bosch, Dürer, Holbein and Bruegel (LLLA07271)

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
SummaryThese four men were among the most innovative creators of the Northern Renaissance, influencing the work of their contemporaries as well as artists of subsequent generations. This course will explore in detail the careers of Bosch, Dürer, Holbein and Bruegel, combining close examination of paintings with discussion of the political and cultural context of their work.
Course description Academic description
This course offers a detailed examination of the careers and work of four key figures in the Northern Renaissance: Bosch, Dürer, Holbein and Bruegel. Classes will take each artist in turn to examine their style, subject matter and background: the highly detailed religious narratives of Bosch; the range of media in the work of Dürer; the patronage and portraiture of Holbein; and Bruegel's depictions of everyday life. The work of each artist will be examined in detail, and considered in the context of the politics and culture of northern Europe as well as alongside artistic developments elsewhere in Europe.

Outline content
- Bosch, early career.
- Bosch: painter of works 'tainted with heresy' or maker of paintings akin to 'books of great wisdom'?
- Dürer, early career.
- Dürer in Venice.
- Dürer's changing view of self.
- Holbein, early career.
- Holbein and Henry VIII.
- Bruegel: 'Pieter the Droll', peasant yokel of popular tradition or cultured urbanite?
- Bruegel and his 'all-embracing sympathy with humanity'.
- Material Culture.

Student learning experience
The course will be taught by informal lecture and discussion. Students will be guided in close analysis of paintings and other works of art, and will be introduced to key concepts in the study of Art History at this level. Students taking the course for credit will receive guidance on how to present their art history essay, and will be able to discuss their assessment with the course tutor, through a formative assessment essay plan which leads directly to the final essay.
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:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1x 2,000-word essay submitted at 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, 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. demonstrate an understanding of the work and careers of these four northern renaissance artists
  2. assess the cultural and political context of the northern renaissance
  3. assess critically works of art from the period covered by the course
Reading List
Oskar Bätschmann, 1997. Hans Holbein. London: Reaktion.
Jeffrey Chipps-Smith, 2012. Dürer. London: Phaidon.
Susan Foister, 2005. Holbein and England. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Keith Roberts, 1982. Bruegel. New York: Phaidon.
Larry Silver, 2006. Hieronymus Bosch. New York: Abbeville Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Oral discussion
- Close source analysis
- Handling and assessing a range of evidence
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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