AR345-5-AU-CO:
Visualising Bodies

The details
2020/21
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
15
04 June 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA V3R9 Art History with Modern Languages,
BA VR3B Art History with Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad)

Module description

This module addresses a subject that has historically been one of the abiding concerns of visual art: the body. Although the module covers a broad chronological span –from c. 1300 to c. 1600 (the period that is sometimes termed the Renaissance) –it focuses primarily on the sixteenth century in Italy. The module will explore issues such as narrative, giganticism, androgyny, eroticism, struggle, violence, and dissection, as well as bodily metaphors in architecture, and the artist's own embodied practice. It will consider how the body became a locus for debates about politics and theology in this period and how it was sometimes regarded scientifically as a 'body of knowledge.' In so doing, the module will examine the works of artists such as Giotto, Duccio, Donatello, Masaccio, Ghiberti, Michelangelo, Giulio Romano, Titian, Dürer, Caravaggio, and others.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
to investigate the tradition of the representation of the human body in the artworks examined within the module;
to consider how the body was made to stand for a broad range of complex ideas;
to consider how the body became at different times a locus of politics, knowledge, and desire;
to encourage students to develop skills in written communication through the writing of essays, and in oral communication through active participation in seminars.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should have:a) a good understanding of the relationship between art and the body in a specific period and geographical location;b) the ability to describe, analyse and interpret works of art and architecture featured in the module;c) the ability to write in an informed manner on the relationship between art and the body and to form an argument relating to various aspects of the topic;d) the ability to approach relevant secondary sources critically;e) the ability to relate art of the period to its wider context.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a two-hour combined lecture and seminar each week. All teaching events will be accessible to students on and off campus either face-to-face or remotely through online teaching. Week 8is Reading Week.

Bibliography*

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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay 1 - 2000 words     
Coursework   Essay 2 - 2000 words     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Caspar Pearson, email: cpearson@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Caspar Pearson
spahinfo@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Art History and Theory

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