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AH4209   Portuguese Renaissance from Local to Global

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: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Thurs (lecture) and either 3.00 pm or 4.0pm Thurs (seminar)

From Brazil to the west coast of Africa to Macau and Japan, the Portuguese of the Renaissance established trading posts around the globe. This module examines how the Portuguese maritime expansion impacted art and architecture at home, as well as how new colonial art forms emerged overseas. We will look at a great variety of objects and art forms, such as Manueline and so-called 'plain' architecture, painting, ivory carving, textiles, tiles, urbanism, and the art of the spectacle. We will analyse the political context of the arts by scrutinising relations with the country's big neighbour, Spain. The aim of the module is not only to become familiar with the artistic heritage of an area of Europe left out of so many art-historical narratives, but also to reflect on what it means to study the arts of the Renaissance from a global perspective.

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:

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 267

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 1 x Written Assignment to be agreed by the Board of Examiners


Module coordinator: Dr E J M van Kessel
Module teaching staff: Dr Elsje van Kessel