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AH4185   Michelangelo: Sculptor, Painter, Architect

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Tue and 9.00 am Wed (lectures) and either 11.00 am or 12.00 pm (seminar)

The module will be organised as a chronological survey of Michelangelo's life, times, and work. This will allow to consider his artistic production in different media in a fluid and dynamic way. Each lecture will take up a significant aspect of the artist's works, as well as consider his many famous and some lesser-known masterpieces. The use of primary sources, both textual and visual, will be constant and consistent. Breakdown of lectures/topics: Week 1. Michelangelo's youth and early training; Florence and Bologna in the early 1490s; Week 2. First visit to Rome and early patrons; the Bacchus and the Pietà; Week 3. The return to Florence and the David; the Battle of Cascina; the Taddei, Pitti and Doni Tondos; Week 4. Rome and the tomb of Julius II; Bologna and the return to Rome; Week 5. The Sistine Chapel; Week 6. The Medici Chapel; Week 7. The Laurentian Library; Week 8. Inventing a new aesthetic: the non-finito; Michelangelo's drawings 1520-40; Week 9. The Last Judgment; the Pauline Chapel; Week 10. Michelangelo's Roman architecture: Palazzo Farnese; San Giovanni dei Fiorentini; Week 11. Last works and death.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass AH2001 and pass AH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 70%, 2-hour Written Examination = 30%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 30%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 70%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor L Moretti
Module teaching staff: Dr L Moretti