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Postgraduate Course: Raphael and the Architecture of His Age (HIAR11121)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores Raphael's study and design of architecture in his painted and built works in light of the changes that took place in the cultural, technological, and theological spheres during his lifetime. In studying this material, students will learn about the Renaissance conception of space and the theoretical precepts that underpinned art and architecture in the early sixteenth century.
Course description Born near the end of the fifteenth century, Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) was active during one of the most influential periods in the history of art and architecture. This course will follow Raphael's life chronologically, from his youth in Urbino to his final years in Rome, tracing the development of his career with emphasis on his engagement with changing artistic theory and practice. Seminar classes, combining lecture material from the teacher with class discussion, will consider topics such as the development of perspective, the study of Antiquity, fictive architecture, Humanist theory, and architectural design. We will examine the painted and built works of Raphael as well as those of his contemporaries, such as Perugino, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Bramante, in order to shed light on the understanding and use of space as a microcosm for the Renaissance world view in Italian culture.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate skills of visual analysis and interpretation by looking in detail at key examples of art and architecture from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, alongside relevant primary source texts.
  2. Analyse the ways in which Renaissance artists engaged with architecture and ideas about built and pictorial space
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scholarship of Renaissance art and architecture
  4. Critically examine how and why the broader historical changes in society contributed to developments in Renaissance art and architecture.
Reading List
Chapman, Hugo et al. Raphael: from Urbino to Rome. London: National Gallery, 2004.

Elet, Yvonne. Architectural Inventions in Renaissance Rome: Artists, Humanists, and the Planning of Raphael's Villa Madama. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Jones, Roger and Nicholas Penny. Raphael. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1983.

Millon, Henry A. and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani. The Renaissance from Brunelleschi to Michelangelo: the Representation of Architecture. Milan: Bompiani, 1994.

Wittkower, Rudolf. Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism, 4th edition. New York; London: St. Martin's Press; Academy Editions, 1988.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis; Clear thinking and the development of an argument; Independent research; Presentation and communication skills; Organisation and planning; Teamwork through group discussion
Course organiserDr Darin Stine
Tel: (0131 6)50 8426
Course secretaryMr Nathan Ross-Hammond
Tel: (0131 6)51 5880
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