HART2275 Italian Renaissance Art Now

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This thought-provoking unit not only provides a selective survey of Italian painting, architecture, sculpture, and drawing of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, but also shows the continuous impact of the Renaissance on present-day art and society. Sandro Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus', for example, are both explained within its contemporary context and juxtaposed with modern reimaginations of the image by artists like Andy Warhol and David LaChapelle, while Leonardo da Vinci's 'Vitruvian Man' is related to modern-day anthropomorphic architecture and design. Important Renaissance concepts and events such as the exploration of the New World are discussed and works of art and building by famous artists like Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Raphael or Titian are presented within their cultural, social, political and religious contexts. Overall the unit stimulates students to think creatively and enables their ability to link the past with the present.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the historical and cultural contexts of Italian Renaissance art and architecture and its relationship to the present day; (2) understand how artworks mediate social and cultural meaning; (3) demonstrate oral communication and interpersonal skills; (4) synthesise visual and aesthetic analyses into broader discourses of art history; (5) apply principles of argument in art historical discourse; and (6) use and apply research techniques in art historiography.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; and (3) oral assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Arvi Wattel
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000) or HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Incompatibility:
VISA2275 Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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