ARTH 2000 - Northern Renaissance Art and Visual Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The art and visual culture produced in northern Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is extraordinary for its material richness and visual complexity. In this course we will examine innovations in new artistic media, such as oil painting, which enabled artists like Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Durer, and Hans Holbein the Younger to create hyper realistic visions of the world around them. This raises the important question of how the materiality of objects and the process of their making conveys meaning. The social, political, religious, and economic impact of printmaking will also be considered. Emphasis will also be placed on the social context of the Burgundian court and cosmopolitan patronage found in the major cities of the Netherlands, Germany, England, and France. In addition, the location, function, and dissemination of art, cultural exchange with Italy, and conflict over images aroused by the religious turmoil of the Protestant Reformation will be explored in order to interpret the enduring significance of northern Renaissance art and visual culture.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 2000
    Course Northern Renaissance Art and Visual Culture
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Course Description The art and visual culture produced in northern Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is extraordinary for its material richness and visual complexity. In this course we will examine innovations in new artistic media, such as oil painting, which enabled artists like Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Durer, and Hans Holbein the Younger to create hyper realistic visions of the world around them. This raises the important question of how the materiality of objects and the process of their making conveys meaning. The social, political, religious, and economic impact of printmaking will also be considered. Emphasis will also be placed on the social context of the Burgundian court and cosmopolitan patronage found in the major cities of the Netherlands, Germany, England, and France. In addition, the location, function, and dissemination of art, cultural exchange with Italy, and conflict over images aroused by the religious turmoil of the Protestant Reformation will be explored in order to interpret the enduring significance of northern Renaissance art and visual culture.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield

    Dr Lisa Mansfield
    Office: Napier 511
    Email: lisa.mansfield@adelaide.edu.au
    Telephone: 83135755
    Staff profile: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/lisa.mansfield

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
    1 Knowledge of the art and visual culture produced and commissioned by the major artists and patrons of the Northern Renaissance period of art history.
    2 Understanding of key methods and theories pertinent to the study of Northern Renaissance art and visual culture.
    3 Competent visual analysis skills for examining the formal elements of works of art.
    4 Competent visual literacy skills for using images and objects as valuable forms of historical evidence.
    5 Competent research skills for evaluating and synthesising scholarly perspectives in both primary and secondary sources.
    6 The ability to work independently to meet timelines and cooperatively as part of small groups to solve art historical problems creatively.
    7 Effective communication skills within the discipline of art history and related professional contexts.
    8 Proficient use of appropriate contemporary technologies.
    9 Commitment to an academically rigorous and reflective approach to learning, teaching and research, including intellectual honesty and respect.
    10 Awareness of the ethical, social and cultural implications of art historical enquiry within a global context concerning research standards and practices of museums and galleries.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 6, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 6, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7, 9, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A Course Reader, containing the texts that need to be read prior to each tutorial discussion, will be available for purchase online. Login to Unified and click on the Online Shop icon in the left hand side of the Home page.

    Recommended Resources
    There is no textbook for this course. The following books offer useful surveys of Northern Renaissance art and visual culture:

    Chipps Smith, Jeffery. The Northern Renaissance. London: Phaidon Press, 2004.

    Nash, Susie. Northern Renaissance Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

    Online Learning
    The course has a website, accessible through MyUni. Please consult it regularly for announcements, lecture recordings and images, and additional resources. Students are also encouraged to submit general questions about the course to the Discussion Board.

    The University has access to a number of academic journals that have full text articles available online. To locate articles in these journals go to the Databases tab on the Barr Smith Library home page and click on Art History.

    The following image databases should be used to search and study works of art required for assessment tasks: The Google Art Project, Artstor, World Gallery of Art (WGA), museum and gallery websites.




  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face-to-face teaching on campus consists of two lectures and one tutorial per week. 

    The lectures are accompanied by images (on powerpoint slides) and recorded for revision purposes. They provide a broad survey of the course and context for the tutorials and assessment tasks.  

    Tutorials are mostly face-to-face, but include two substitute learning activities online and three small-group discovery workshops on skills relevant to assessment tasks. Students will examine a specific topic related to a weekly reading and take turns (once during semester) to deliver a short, small-group presentation that explores the significance of the topic. This will be offset by visual activities, short quizzes, and role plays.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will need to devote approximately 13 hours per week to complete this course (divided over 12 weeks of study). This consists of 2 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week, and 10 hours per week of independent study, during which time students will prepare for tutorials and work on assessment tasks.

    This course is designed on the assumption that all learning and assessment activities (including lectures, tutorials, preparatory work, research and writing of assignments etc.) will require approximately 156 hours.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures and tutorials will cover topics ranging from materials and techniques of art-making, the function of art in religious devotion, sin and morality in art, cultural exchange between artists and patrons in Italy and northern Europe, representations of witches and werewolves, prints as forms of mass communication, and the power of art to move viewers to destroy of images and objects.  

    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to purchase the course reader and attend 80% of tutorials.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Tutorials will incorporate small group problem solving and discussion of various art historical issues and ideas pertinent to the Northern Renaissance Art and Visual Culture, including two visual analysis workshops. These will explore the use of online technologies for a theoretical approach and class-time in the space of the Art Gallery of South Australia for a practical approach to learning this fundamental skill used by art historians.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The major curatorial research project for the course is based on the completion of cumulative tasks that put into practice the skills and knowledge developed in the lecturers and tutorials.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Participation in tutorials is a compulsory component of the course. Students must attend at least 80% of tutorials to pass
    (unless a medical certificate is provided). Please inform the course coordinator if you are unable to attend. It may be possible to attend a tutorial at another time.

    All assessment tasks must be submitted within two weeks of the due date. Assignments submitted after this are subject to be marked either at a pass or fail grade, unless students have been granted a formal extension.


    Assessment Detail
    Assessable tasks in this course include small-group tutorial presentations and participation, and three components that cumulatively construct a curatorial research project:

    Part a) Research preparation exercise 10% (300 words)

    Part b) Catalogue entry (visual analysis) 30% (1,200 words)

    Part c) Catalogue essay (contextual discussion) 40% (3,000 words)
    Students are encouraged to develop their own catalogue essay question in relation to key issues and ideas explored in lectures or tutorials  (subject to approval by the course coordinator).

    Tutorial attendance 10%

    Tutorial presentation 10%





    Submission
    Written assignments must be submitted electronically via Turnitin on MyUni by midnight of the due date - this is a one-step process.

    Please keep note of submission receipts for both as proof of submission.

    Students must also keep an electronic copy of all work submitted.

    Extensions will be granted on the grounds of hardship or illness. Students must apply through the official procedure
    (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html) unless:

    1. the extension required is two days or less;
    2. the assessment is worth 20% or less;
    3. the student is registered with the Disability Office and has a Disability Access Plan.

    Students who submit an essay late, without having gained an extension, will be liable to a penalty of 2 marks per day that the essay is overdue, including weekends, for a maximum of two weeks. Unless special arrangements have been made, essays more than two weeks late, may not be accepted, and will automatically be eligible for a pass or fail grade only.





    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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