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The Florentine Renaissance ADED11246

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Renaissance in Italy is one of the truly great periods in the history of Western Civilisation. Beginning in Florence, it saw an extraordinary blossoming in the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture. The rich variety of the work of these masters will be seen in the context of the social, political and religious background of the times.


Block 2

Two hours per week for 10 weeks

Thursday, 10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to impart a broad knowledge of the major developments in sculpture, painting and architecture in 15th century Florence, with an awareness of the underlying antique classical inspiration which propelled it.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Practically demonstrate a clear understanding of the contribution made by the major figures of the Florentine Renaissance

■ Critically analyse the art of the period

■ Demonstrate a familiarisation with the technical vocabulary and techniques involve in the execution of bronze casting, fresco and tempera painting

■ Develop personal study skills and basic study skills in art historical research methodology

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits