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Art, Tradition and Identity in Venice 1350-1797 HISTART4061

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • 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 explores the development of painting, sculpture, architecture and drawing in the city of Venice between 1350 and the fall of the Republic to Napoleon in 1797. It examines the visual arts as a reflection of the very particular society of Venice and in the context of continuities and changes within its political, economic, religious order and its aesthetic understanding.


1 x 1hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks per Semester as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours 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 History of Art.

Excluded Courses



Not applicable


Examination (180 minutes duration) - 60%

2 x Essays (3,000 words) - 15%

Seminar presentation of 15 minutes accompanied by 800 word paper or PowerPoint slides - 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:

■ develop an understanding of visual art and architecture in Venice from the beginnings of the Renaissance to the work of Canaletto, Tiepolo and others in the eighteenth century

■ analyse visual art and architecture in relation to the very particular political, religious, social and cultural formation and values of the Venetian Republic

■ examine whether or not a local aesthetic can be established for Venice based on 'colour' (colore) or colouring (colorito)

■ assess elements of continuity and change within Venetian art, in particular with regard to the coming of modernity in the period under study

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ comment on the main lines of development within Venetian art and architecture between 1350 and 1797

■ characterise the distinctive qualities of Venetian art in relation to other artistic traditions both in Italy and elsewhere

■ acquire a good working knowledge of specific works by leading painters, sculptors and architects working in the city between 1350 and 1797 and assess their art historical significance 

■ analyse the development of a distinctive visual tradition in relation to the unique physical and cultural environment in which it developed

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.