Renaissance and Baroque Rome 1450-1750

Subject 107-467 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-month intensive fieldwork program in Rome in January, of 60 contact hours comprising thirteen 2-hour lecture/seminars, four guest-lectures, fifteen 2-hour site-based lecture/tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in art history or M.Art. Cur (200 point).
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof David Marshall
Subject Overview:

This subject considers the city of Rome both from an urbanistic perspective, and in terms of the art and architectural history of its monuments. The subject aims to develop an understanding of the form and history of the Renaissance and baroque city, not only as the result of social forces and papal patronage, but also as a consciously created aesthetic object, perhaps the finest example of the city as work of art. Close attention will be paid to maps, bird's-eye views, topographical prints, drawings, and vedute (view paintings) as primary documents of the earlier history of the sites. The subject is organised topographically, and each session focuses on a different part of Rome, as well as on the villas and gardens in the region (Bagnaia, Caprarola, Bomarzo, Tivoli, Subiaco, Frascati, Palestrina, Ariccia). Includes visits to most major Roman art museums. The subject concludes with a visit to key art museum in Florence.

Assessment: A site project (oral), equivalent to 1500 words 20% (due during January), a written site project, equivalent to 3500 words 30% (due in January), an essay of 4000 words 40% (due in April), and a research exercise of 1000 words 10% (due in April).Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;

  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;

  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision.


Special entry conditions apply. There is a quota on this subject of 15 students. Itinerary and travel arrangements available from Australians Studying Abroad. Prospective students must register with ASA prior to approval of enrolment: Strict enrolment deadlines apply to subjects taught during the Summer Semester. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census dates for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Arts (Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
Master of Art Curatorship (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts(Art History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Art History)

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