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HA3A4 - Giotto & Assisi

  • Module code: HA3A4
  • Module name: Giotto & Assisi
  • Department: History of Art
  • Credit: 30, 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Generations of art historians have associated Francis’s life and the art it inspired with the birth of Renaissance naturalism and narrative painting. This course re-evaluates the artistic patronage and iconography of the Franciscan order in the first two centuries after Francis’s death (to c.1450) on its own terms and in the light of the latest scholarship. It asks why the Friars Minor produced such a rich visual culture in this period, and requires students to explore how artists and patrons used imagery to mould the Order’s identity and meet the devotional needs of a new lay spirituality. Students are introduced to the monastic complex of San Francesco at Assisi, traditionally regarded as the single most important monument in the history of western art. Other commissions by the other mendicants (Dominicans, Carmelites and Augustinian Hermits) will be referred to.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module student will gain an awareness of the key sources and methodologies needed to study the late medieval period and will be able to relate artistic production to religious belief, spiritual experience, and devotional practice in a sophisticated fashion

Timetabled teaching activities

4 hours per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HA3A4-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) 2000 word essay 30%
  Slide test 20%
  Engagement 10%
  2 hour examination 40%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) PART YEAR 100%
45 CATS (Module code: HA3A4-45)
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 5000 word essay 40%
  Oral Presentation 10%
  3 hour examination 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate History of Art with Italian (V3R3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History of Art with Italian with Intercalated Year (V3R4) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History of Art (V401) - Year 3
  • History of Art (Diploma) (V4P3) - Year 1
  • History of Art (Diploma) (V4P3) - Year 2