Northern Renaissance art ADED11469E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course studies the arts of Flanders, Germany and England during the 15th and 16th century, with special emphasis on painting and sculpture dated up to 1603, the year of Queen Elizabeth I's death. Important components of this course are the investigation of how the term Renaissance is applicable to the artistic styles of these regions during these times, and the extent to which the taste for Gothic survived and was amalgamated within the new Renaissance aesthetic.


Block 1

Wednesday, 14.00-16.00

Requirements of Entry

None. Some previous knowledge of art history is desirable but not essential.

Excluded Courses

Northern Renaissance art (ADED11469E)




 Essay (approximately 2000 words) from a choice of titles (70%); Visual test in class: identification, comparison and discussion of slides (30%). Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Extend and develop students' basic knowledge of art history through the focussed analysis of Northern Renaissance art in Flanders, Germany and England during the 15th and 16th century.

■ Develop students' critical awareness of the subject by identifying the stylistic and cultural components of Northern Renaissance art, examining its relationship to Gothic art and its place within the broader context of the Renaissance.

■ Introduce students to some of the issues of methodology, historiography and context which are associated with this area of study.

■ Foster further transferable skills such as visual skills, independent learning and written presentation skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Articulate, verbally and in writing, a comprehensive knowledge of Northern Renaissance art and its contribution European art in the period of the Renaissance. 

■ Critically analyse and interpret Northern Renaissance art, in terms of its imagery, function, methods of production and stylistic and cultural components.

■ Identify and evaluate art historical approaches to, and interpretations of, individual Northern Renaissance works of art. 

■ Demonstrate personal study skills in art-historical research and the ability to pursue investigation of a work of art or a theme using library, museum and gallery resources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.