Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will study the extraordinary flowering of creativity that took place in the visual Arts in Italy from 1400 to 1600 in the fields of painting, sculpture and architecture. By placing this art in the context of the major intellectual developments such as the rediscovery of antiquity, humanist philosophy and the cult of the individual, students will be introduced to the key artists and patrons of the period. Through a series of lectures, seminar case studies and gallery visits, students will explore the art of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael Sanzio, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Titian, Mantegna, Botticelli, Bronzino and many others. Students will also be introduced to visual analysis, and the meaning and interpretation of images and relevant theoretical and historical frameworks.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLisa Beaven

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first year History or Art History and 15 credit points of another first year Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty elective subject

Co-requisites None

Incompatible subjects ARH3RAI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Summer Intensive: Offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsItalian Renaissance ArtRecommendedAdams, Laurie SchneiderICON EDITIONS, BOULDER AND OXFORD, VIEW-WEST PRESS, 2001.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 07-08, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLisa Beaven

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 07 - 08
One 2.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 07 to week 08 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 07 - 08
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 07 to week 08 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1 hour visual testEquivalent to 1000 words of assessment30
one 2000-word essayThird year students will be expected to show a greater achievement of discipline-specific skills in their written work than second year students.40
one 500-word equivalent journal of online resources20
one 500-word equivalent visual analysis exercise10