HART3302 Michelangelo

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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 3 elective
Michelangelo had a long and prolific career as a painter, sculptor, architect, draftsman and poet. Already during his lifetime, Michelangelo was celebrated as a divine genius and by the time of his death in 1564 it was hard to separate the man from the myth. In this seminar-style unit students attempt to reconstruct the artist's mind by studying how Michelangelo, through his artistic practice, reflected on the nature of art. The master's major works are subjected to a close visual and historiographical analysis, and placed within a broader theoretical and artistic fifteenth- and sixteenth-century framework.
Students are able to (1) understand the historical and cultural contexts of Michelangelo's life and work; (2) apply key theoretical approaches to the discourses around Michelangelo's art; (3) actively participate in discussions and provoke debate; (4) understand the history of Michelangelo's art and its relationship to the Italian Renaissance and other areas of art history; (5) integrate visual and aesthetic analyses of artworks into historical and theoretical arguments; and (6) make clear and logical argument with theoretical underpinning and critical evaluation of the literature.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) research paper; 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
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
Advisable prior study:
VISA2275 Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
HART2275 Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; seminars: 2 hours per week
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