ARTH 7019 - Renaissance Art in Northern Europe

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course examines the production of art in northern Europe between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries during the Renaissance, with a particular focus on Flanders and the Netherlands (the `Low Countries?), Germany, Switzerland, and France. The invention of the printing press, impact of the Protestant Reformation, and cultural encounters with Italian Renaissance artists, patrons, and humanists provide a dynamic framework for interpreting works of art that contextualises innovations in materials and techniques and the development of new themes and genres in sacred and secular northern European art.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 7019
    Course Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ARTH 7001 or ARTH 7001OL for Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Art History only
    Incompatible ARTH 7019OL
    Assumed Knowledge ARTH 7001 or ARTH 7001OL
    Course Description This course examines the production of art in northern Europe between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries during the Renaissance, with a particular focus on Flanders and the Netherlands (the `Low Countries?), Germany, Switzerland, and France. The invention of the printing press, impact of the Protestant Reformation, and cultural encounters with Italian Renaissance artists, patrons, and humanists provide a dynamic framework for interpreting works of art that contextualises innovations in materials and techniques and the development of new themes and genres in sacred and secular northern European art.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr 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: 

    1 Demonstrate knowledge of innovations in the visual arts during the Northern Renaissance.
    2 Formally analyse works of art using discipline specific tools and terminology.
    3 Use appropriate digital technologies for research. 
    4 Interpret and evaluate a variety of primary and secondary sources, including images and objects.
    5 Work independently and cooperatively in small group discussions and problem solving. 
    6 Articulate insightful research questions and argumentative perspectives in both verbal and written modes of expression persuasively.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 5, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed tutorial readings (PDFs) will be available on MyUni an electronic reading list.
    Recommended Resources

    There is no prescribed text. The following scholarly survey books on Northern Renaissance art and visual culture will be useful background reading for the course:

    Chipps Smith, Jeffrey. The Northern Renaissance. London: Phaidon, 2004.

    Harbison, Craig. The Mirror of the Artist: Northern Renaissance Art in its Historical Context. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1995.

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

    Snyder, James. Northern Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, the Graphic Arts from 1350 to 1575. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall; New York: Abrams, 1985.

    Online Learning
    MyUni

    Announcements

    Discussion forum 

    Lecture recordings 

    Lecture and tutorial images (powerpoint presentations)

    Instructions for assessment tasks

    Assignment submission (Turnitin)

    External resources (museum and gallery websites; databases for academic literature and images)

    BSL subject guides 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly lectures (1 hour) and tutorials (2 hours), including a small number of weeks conducted online with replacement structured learning activities on MyUni.
    Workload

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

    Structured Learning Total Hours 
    1 x 1-hour lecture per week 12 hours
    1 x 2-hour tutorial per week 24 hours
    36 hours per semester
    Self-Directed Learning Total Hours
    8 hours reading per week 96 hours 
    8 hours research per week 96 hours 
    7 hours assignment preparation per week 84 hours 
    276 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 HOURS PER SEMESTER
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture and Tutorial Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction to Course Essential Toolkit
    Week 2 The Concept of the Northern Renaissance Readings Workshop
    Week 3 Flemish Art in the Fifteenth Century Visual Analysis Workshop
    Week 4 From Altarpieces to Devotional Images Art and Empathy
    Week 5 Portraiture and Patronage Portraying Betrothal and Marriage
    Week 6 Pioneers of Printmaking Witches in Woodcuts and Engravings
    Week 7 Germany and the Netherlands in the Sixteenth Century Weird and Wonderful Bosch
    Week 8 Northern Humanism The Northern Artist as Genius
    Week 9 Reformation and Iconoclasm Research Workshop
    Week 10 Cultural Exchange North and South of the Alps Swiss Artist Mercenaries 
    Week 11 Genre and Lowlife Painting Bruegel's Peasants
    Week 12 Still Life Painting  Market Scenes by Aertsen and Beuckelaer
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to miss no more than three tutorials (unless due to documented medical illness or provision of an Access Plan to the Course Coordinator).
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Short Essay Formative and Summative

    During semester

    20% 1, 4, 6
    Visual Analysis Formative and Summative During semester 35% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Research Essay Formative and Summative  After semester 45% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must submit all assessment tasks to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Description
    Short Essay Students will be required to write a short essay (1,000 words) on a prescribed question related to one of the weekly tutorial topcs.
    Visual Analysis Students will be required to write a comparative visual analysis (1,500 words).
    Research Essay Students will be required to write a research essay (3,500 words). 
    Submission
    Assessment tasks must be submitted using Turnitin on MyUni by midnight of the due date.
    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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