13 Art History Renaissance

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms R. Grant

Recommended Prior Learning

Either Art History, English, History or Classics at Year 12 an advantage.

Art History is a really interesting and fun way to investigate the impact and effect of historical and cultural change through art. Students will look at, read about and discuss art works, ideas and history in class, engaging with the philosophical, economic, political, religious and social contexts that have shaped culture.

Understanding the impact and effect of historical change through the study of art can provide a unique and interesting way to engage with philosophical, theoretical and contextual aspects of culture and society.  Italian Renaissance and Mannerist paintings , sculptures and architecture  from the  fifteenth and sixteenth centuries are studied in this course, including art works by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Pontormo, Bronzino, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini and Titian. This is a stimulating way to study how meaning is conveyed in Art.  This course approaches the study of art through learning about related stylistic conventions, iconography, media and processes of the artists, issues, theories and contexts. Students will engage with aspects of philosophy, history, politics, society and belief systems and values that have shaped Western culture, through visual images and discussion.  Students will learn about and practise the art historical skills of stylistic analysis, interpretation of iconographical motifs, examination of media and processes and investigation of art issues, and study theoretical and contextual settings for art-making.

Writing is a key method of assessment in the course. Students will work to develop their vocabulary, paragraph and essay writing skills through the class tasks and discussions, course readers and written assessments.

Art History will support any future career, by developing analysis and critical thinking skills, writing, literacy and discussion skills in students.

There will be two internal assessments and three external examination papers.


Course Overview

Term 1
Contexts and influences of the High Renaissance . The development of Humanism and Neoplatonism in Florence / Rome
Styles covered: Florentine, Classicism, Naturalism, Idealisation,
Artists: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo
Architecture: The Sistine Chapel Rome
Background to the Renaissance – The classical world and the fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval life, Byzantine Empire, city states across Italy emerging from Medieval life to the 15th century – The Catholic Church, Florence, Siena, The plague, St Francis
Why did the Renaissance happen? Geographic, Economic, political contexts, Scientific enquiry and Humanism
Who were the major Christian and classical Characters in the Art?
Re-birth of the Ancient World - The influence of the Classical culture on the Renaissance in Italy and the rise of secular art, mythology
Humanist theory, Neo-platonism and the development of naturalism, science and perspective in art
The late 15th century - Wealthy families and Art Patronage - The Medici, the rise of portraiture
Alberti - Perspective theories and Historia

Internal Assessment: AS 40943 (3.7) - Examine the relationship(s) between a theory and art works.

Term 2
TERM 2 High Renaissance in Rome and later Mannerism in Florence. The Materials and techniques of artists of the High Renaissance
Artists: Michelangelo sculpture , Raphael , Mannerism - Pontormo, Bronzino
Architecture: Bramante - The Tempietto
Content :
The 16th Century Rome - The Pope/ Papacy/Vatican and art patronage in Politics and Religion
Devotional artworks - Christian stories and themes, the life and role of saints. Religious contexts (e.g. Christianity, art and architecture as a setting for Christian rituals)
The further development of Portraiture.
The introduction of the Mannerist style in sculpture and painting in Florence and Rome
The media and techniques used by painters and sculptors - tempera, fresco, oil paint, marble….

Internal Assessment: AS 91485 (3.4) - Examine the impact of media and processes on art works

Term 3
TERM 3 /4 The High Renaissance and Mannerism in Mantenga and Venice
Artists: Mantenga, Giovanni Bellini and Titian
Content :
Mantenga - court painter in Mantua, strong classical influence and developments in landscape painting.
Venice - Vast trading empire, wealthy state and individuals. Politics - Doge. The regional style characteristics
Titian and Bellini - religious altarpieces, landscapes, portraits.

Learning Areas:

The Arts

Assessment Policy & Procedures
Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Actor, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Patternmaker, Architect, Architectural Technician, Archivist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Author, Tailor/Dressmaker, Metal Worker, Film/Television Camera Operator, Physician, Urban/Regional Planner, Elected Government Representative, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Communications Professional, Musician, Industrial Designer, Conservator, Technical Writer, Editor, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Primary School Teacher, Photographer, Tertiary Lecturer, Secondary School Teacher, Television Presenter, User Experience Designer, Marketing Specialist

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$30 for copying.
$58 for course booklets.

Description Type Value
course readings Non-Voluntary $30.00
Renaissance workbooks Voluntary $58.00

Assessment Information The course offers 5 achievement standards all worth 4 credits with a total of 20 credits. There are 2 internally assessed standard and 3 externally assessed standards examined at the end of the year. There will be class tests and 1 school exam in Term 3.
Pathway Tags

Art or Design degree course, Law, Media, Advertising, Film, Architecture, Curating, Museum Studies, Journalism, Writing, Art, Design, Fashion, Photography

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