Masters of the Venetian Renaissance: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese HISTART5112

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course focuses on the paintings of three major artists whose long careers span much of the sixteenth century. Analysis of, and comparison and contrast between, the three painters' approaches to painting will be central to the course, which will also situate their practice within the wider context of Venetian and wider European art history and culture. The course will question, in particular, whether the paintings of the three artists can be taken as constituting a coherent and identifiable 'Venetian tradition'.


Two hours weekly, lectures and seminars for ten weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses




Essay 80%, 4,000 words

Oral Presentation (20%): 10 minutes

Course Aims

-To develop students' knowledge and understanding of the careers and works of the three leading painters in sixteenth-century Venice

-To question existing scholarly understanding of the work of these painters in relation to other Venetian, Italian and Northern artists and to the Republican culture of Venice

-To expand student understanding of the painting techniques of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese in relation to those of other Venetian artists of the period

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

-Analyse with scholarly precision the works of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, both in relation to each other and to the works of other painters in Venice and elsewhere

-Recognise the impact of patronage and of predominant socio-political values on the technique, form and subject-matter of paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese

- Apply printed primary sources to the analysis of the paintings of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese

- Compare and contrast the approaches of the three painters and to situate them accurately within the wider development of Renaissance and Baroque art in Europe

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.