13 Art History Renaissance

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms R. Grant

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.

The Renaissance Art History course covers changing styles and ideas in the European Renaissance from the 14th to the 15th Centuries. Students investigate art works and architecture by a range of artists in Italy and Northern Europe including Giotto, Jan Van Eyck, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Piero della Francesca and Leonardo da Vinci. Alongside art and architecture, students will look at many aspects of society, for example, how wealthy banking families such as the Medici were influencing political and economic history to establish the beginnings of modern society.

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
TERM 1 Proto-Renaissance to Early Renaissance
Styles covered: Italo-Byzantine, International Gothic, Sienese, Florentine, Classicism, Naturalism, Idealisation, Early Renaissance
Artists: Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti,
Architecture: The Duomo - Florence, Santa Croce - Florence
Background to the Renaissance – The classical world and the fall of the Roman Empire, Medieval life, Byzantine Empire.
The 14th Century – Emerging from Medieval life – The Catholic Church, Florence, Siena, The plague, Franciscanism
Re-birth of the Ancient World - The influence of the Classical culture on the Renaissance in Italy
The media and processes of the early Renaissance including Fresco, Tempera and Giotto developing naturalism.
Looking at the Northern Renaissance Artists Van der Weyden and Van Eyck, and their innovations in media and techniques.

Term 2
TERM 2 Early Renaissance in Florence
Artists: Brunelleschi, Gentille da Fabriano, Ghiberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca
Architecture: Ghiberti Baptistry,The Duomo – Florence; Santa Croce (including the Pazzi Chapel) – Florence
Content :
The 15th Century – Wealthy families and art patronage in Florence, Politics and Religion
Perspective: Alberti’s theories and methods of space construction, interest in naturalism.
Internal Assessment: AS 91485 (3.4) - Examine the impact of media and processes on art works

Term 3
TERM 3 /4 The development of Humanism from Early to High Renaissance
Artists: Piero della Francesca, and looking at later in the Renaissance (Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Ghirlandaio
Content :
Humanist theory, Neo-platonism and the development of naturalism, science and perspective in art
Looking at the Northern Renaissance and its influence on the later Renaissance artists in Florence.
Internal Assessment: AS 40943 (3.7) - Examine the relationship(s) between a theory and art works.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$30 for course booklets.

Recommended Prior Learning

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

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91482 v2 Art History 3.1 - Demonstrate understanding of style in art works
4r,4w *
A.S. 91483 v2 Art History 3.2 - Examine how meanings are communicated through art works
4r,4w *
A.S. 91484 v2 Art History 3.3 - Examine the relationship(s) between art and context
4r,4w *
A.S. 91485 v2 Art History 3.4 - Examine the impact of media and processes on art works
4r *
A.S. 91488 v2 Art History 3.7 - Examine the relationship(s) between a theory and art works
4r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

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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