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Humanism And The Rinascita HISTART4025

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course examines the period during which most of the component parts of the cultural synthesis of early Quattrocento Florence were developed. Particular emphasis is placed on the humanist background to this achievement, to the philosophical significance accorded the Antique in later Trecento thought, to the various ways in which Antique models were used during the period covered and to the variety of possible interpretations which may be applied to this aspect of Renaissance artistic culture.


1 x 1hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar over ten weeks per Semester, as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honour options in History of Art and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in History of Art

Excluded Courses





Examination (180 minutes duration) - 60%

2 x Essays (3,000 words) - 30%

Visual Test (50 minutes) - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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 will provide the opportunity to:

■ examine in detail a key period of Renaissance art

■ define and analyse a number of fundamental principles developed during this period, together with their exact origins

■ relate these principles to a range of both familiar and unfamiliar material with the object of re-assessing the nature of the former and introducing students to the latter

■ analyse the early development of the discipline of History of Art itself and define the extent to which the accidents of history and political agendas have affected post-Renaissance readings of art of the Renaissance period and its significance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify and discuss the works of the artist covered in the course

■ relate these to their specific functions and to the patrons' intentions

■ identify and analyse the most significant aspects of Italian Humanism and its impact on the visual arts

■ discuss the generally accepted readings of the origins of the Renaissance in an objective and critical manner.

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.