Renaissance Art Reconsidered

Course code 74307

This introduction to Renaissance art questions the traditional geographical and social boundaries of this subject – one of the most traditional in the art history discipline – in line with contemporary developments in academic research. Instead of focusing on the Italian peninsula and Florence in particular (the tendency for most histories of Renaissance art c.1420-1520), this course ventures to England, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Crete.
It explores the diversity of artistic practice during the Renaissance, including art forms such as prints, tapestries, manuscripts, painting, sculpture and architecture. It is based on a course from the Open University UK.

Note: This course replaces 74305 Culture and Identities. 

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 60 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.5  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 15-20 hours study time per week for each 60 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $2,202 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

When you have completed your study of this course you should be able to

  • demonstrate systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the art-historical period of the Renaissance (c.1420–c.1520)
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of specialist areas of Renaissance art
  • demonstrate awareness of current thinking and developments in relation to key issues of the Renaissance
  • describe, analyse and compare works of visual art
  • demonstrate skills of researching resources and developing arguments relating to Renaissance visual culture.


74206 From Enlightenment to Romanticism OR 74210 Exploring Art and Visual Culture.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.

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