Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedPrato Trimester 3 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Luke Morgan


This unit was formerly coded TAD2130


This unit focuses on the art and architecture of early modern Italy. Key examples of Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque painting, sculpture, architecture, material culture, urbanism and landscape design are considered on site and in context. The principles of early modern Italian art and architectural theory are introduced, from the Renaissance emulation of Classical culture to the Baroque preoccupation with spectacle. The unit also emphasizes the multiple ways in which historical viewers experienced art: as aesthetic object, as narrative, as craft, as divine presence, and as talisman.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the main characteristics of Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque art and architecture.
  2. Understand the multiple historical, cultural, social and physical contexts of Italian art and architecture.
  3. Understand the principles of historical art and architectural theory, as well as their critical reception.
  4. Engage in on site analyses of works of visual art and architecture.
  5. Demonstrate their awareness of the historical precedents for, and dimensions of, their own practice.


Assignment 1,500 words (40%)
Research essay 2,500 words (60%)

Workload requirements

3 contact hours per week or equivalent, site visits and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent.

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Chief examiner(s)


12 credit points at first year level in Art History and Theory, or Theory of Art and Design, or Visual Culture, or permission from Unit Coordinator