Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Early Renaissance in Italy

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit discusses the great awakening of the visual arts in Italy beginning with Nicola Pisano in the late 13th century to the maturity of the Renaissance in the 15th century. The pivotal issues of Humanism and Humanity are taken into special consideration with reference to central works by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Alberti and other Quattrocento artists. The study-unit is a mix of lectures and classroom discussions.

Study-unit Aims:

The student will gain a thorough knowledge of the art that came about with the emergence of the Early Modern world. The student will also be prepared for the study unit on the High Renaissance and Mannerism.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

At the end of the study-unit, the student will have acquired a thorough Knowledge & Understanding of a seminally important period that conditioned the development of the visual arts in Italy and to a large extent western Europe until the 19th C.

The lectures will give the student the necessary Knowledge & Understanding to better understand the achievements of High Renaissance and Mannerism.

2. Skills:

The student will have acquired the necessary competence to make meaningful critical assessments of the works of art produced in 15th- and early 16th-century Italy.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

John White, Art and Architecture in Italy 1250-1400, Yale University Press, 1993
Peter and Linda Murray, The Art of the Renaissance, Thames and Hudson, 1963 (reprinted 1995)
Peter Murray, The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance, Thames and Hudson, 1969
Roberta J.M. Olson, Italian Renaissance Sculpture, Thames and Hudson, 1992 (Reprinted 2002)
Evelyn Welch, Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500, Oxford University Press, 1997 (Reissued 2000)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 40%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Charlene Vella

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