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Art and Political Communication in Early Renaissance Italy


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Renaissance Italy is fundamentally associated with art and Renaissance art is fundamentally associated with the social and political conditions of the Italian peninsula between 1300 and 1600. This module explores the crucial nexus between art and politics in the early Renaissance period (1300-1500) and brings together art history and socio-political history. The focus of each session is on a small group of artworks (architecture, painting, sculpture, as well as manuscript illumination and the decorative arts) produced in a distinctive political context, with an emphasis on the creation of meaning as a result of the interaction between patrons, artists and audiences. A dialogue between textual and visual sources (some of which are now on display in London museums) will illuminate the specific role of visual representation in structuring political communication and political beliefs.

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Assessment details

1 x 1,500-word formative essay; 1 x 3,000-word essay (100%)

Teaching pattern

10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)

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