Renaissance and Baroque Rome 1450-1750

Subject 107-467 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

January, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-month intensive fieldwork program in Rome in January 2009, of 60 contact hours comprising thirteen 2-hour lecture/seminars, four guest-lectures, fifteen 2-hour site-based lecture/tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week.
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


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.
  • have developed an understanding of the form and history of the Renaissance and Baroque city.
  • be familiar with the maps, bird's-eye views, topographical prints, drawings, and vedute (view paintings) which constitute the primary documents of the earlier history of the sites.
  • have an understanding of the topography of Rome in the renaissance and baroque periods and how that relates to the topography of the city today.
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).
Prescribed Texts:
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.
Notes: 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): Master of Art Curatorship (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architectural History
Art History
Art History
Art History
Classical Studies && Archaeology
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

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