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ML1301 Visual Arts 1: Artists and their materials

Teaching:Terms 1 and 2

Convenors: Professor Ruth Harvey (Term 1) and Dr Arantza Mayo (Term 2)

Assessment:

Coursework:

Formative piece (300 words)

First essay of 1,250-1,500 words (30%)

Second essay of 1,500 – 2,000 words (60%)

Quiz (10%)

Overview

This course will introduce you to a number of different media encountered in the study of visual culture. By understanding the technical characteristics of a range of art works you will be able to assess the expressive and stylistic possibilities of offered by different media. You will study a rich variety of visual cultures in Europe and Latin America from the Middle Ages to the present day. Mediaeval illuminated manuscripts, mural decorations in Renaissance Italy, sculpture, woodcuts, photography, fashion and textiles will be among the media that will be the object of our analysis this year.  

Key Bibliography

Berger, John Ways of Seeing (London: Penguin, 1972)

Gombrich, E. H. The Story of Art (London: Phaidon, 1995)

Osborne, H. (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Art. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)

Preziosi, D. The Art of Art History. A critical anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)

Taylor, Joshua C.  Learning to Look. A Handbook for the Visual Arts (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1981)

 

 

  
 
 
 
 

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