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From Gothic to Renaissance in Northern Europe HISTART5114

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • 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 will examine the relationship between an established late gothic culture in Northern Europe (c.1350-1550) and the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance. It will cover architecture sculpture, painting and the graphic arts, and will conclude with a critical re-examination of the impact of Italian ideas on the work of Albrecht Dürer.


Normally 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 history of late Gothic art during the 'renaissance' period.

■ To develop a critical reading of the relationship between late Gothic and Renaissance visual cultures and their literatures.

■ To expand and refine students' understanding of the place of Dürer in relation to his encounter with Italian ideas

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify and evaluate the works of art and historiographic themes discussed in the course.

■ discuss the broader patterns of artistic development in Northern Europe during the period covered by the course.

■ assess the critical and historical value of such terms as 'Gothic', 'Late Gothic' and 'Renaissance' with reference to the material and themes covered, and specifically with reference to Dürer's artistic and theoretical work.

■ present and discuss these themes in coherent oral and written form

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.