AHT3130 - Renaissance to Baroque: Italian art and architecture in context - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Luke Morgan


Dr Luke Morgan

Unit guides




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


AHT2130, TAD2130, TAD3130


This unit was formerly coded TAD3130


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will 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 1500 words (40%)

Research essay 2500 words (60%)

Workload requirements

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

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