Tutor: Dr Luca Molà
Office: H029, ground floor of the Humanities Building
Phone: 024 76574282, internal extension 74282
Term-Time Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00-13:00 and Thursdays 17:00-18:00
Seminar Times: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 in H029 and Fridays 13:00-15:00 in H104
This undergraduate final-year 30 CATS Special Subject module is only available to single-honours History students on the 'Renaissance and Modern History' pathway, and is taught from January onwards after students return from their autumn term in Venice through two weekly two-hour seminars.
The module allows students to analyse the historical meanings of ‘arts’ - in which luxury objects are considered alongside painting, sculpture and architecture - by placing them in the context of early modern European society. Its ample geographical focus (Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France and England) is designed to highlight the different paths by which Europe acquired a shared visual culture.
As a Special Subject, this module gives students the opportunity to study a set of problems in depth, with the aid of primary printed sources and artefacts (to be studied directly in museum collections and through internet resources). It is also intended to develop the ability of students to engage with visual materials in order to broaden and refine their historical analyses.