The Renaissance in Art and Architecture

Module code: AE1011

Module co-ordinator: TBC

In this module we will consider what is meant by the term 'Renaissance' - and the artistic and social influences on the development of the Renaissance period and style. You will learn the appropriate formal and art-historical terms and methodology used to analyse Renaissance art, and will engage critically with historical debates about the nature and significance of the 'Renaissance'. We will look in particular at the the role of Vasari in the development of writing about Art History.

The module is taught through a mixture of illustrated lectures, interactive seminar teaching, group discussion and small group work.


  • 27 one-hour lectures
  • 15 one-hour seminars


  • Detailed, formal analysis of an artwork, 1,500-2,000 words (30%).
  • Critical commentary on a selected extract from Vasari's Lives, 1,500-2,000 words (30%).
  • Essay, 2,500-3,000 words (40%)