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The Materials of Art & Architecture - HOA00005C

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • Explore ways of looking at and responding to physical objects whether two- or three-dimensional
  • Learn how to describe, analyse and interpret the visual and material qualities of works of art and architecture
  • Explore the impact made by the choice of particular materials and techniques on the appearance and meaning of the work of art or architecture
  • Explore the history of looking and of responses to material objects.
  • Learn about ideas concerning materiality and how they inform our understanding and interpretation of works of art and architecture

Module learning outcomes

  • ·The ability to engage in close visual observation and to analyse and interpret visual material
  • Knowledge of a range of materials and techniques employed by artists and architects in different periods and an awareness of the impact made by materials and techniques on the work of art
  • Awareness of the history of reception and the ways in which works have been designed for viewers, audiences and consumers.
  • Understanding of ideas concerning materiality

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
The Materials of Art & Architecture
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
The Materials of Art & Architecture
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative essay within one week.

Feedback on summative exams within six weeks.

Indicative reading

  • R. Wollheim, Painting as an Art, Washington DC 1987
  • N. Bryson, Vision and Painting: the logic of the gaze, London1983
  • D. Freedberg, The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, Chicago1989
  • M. Kemp, 'Seeing and Signs: E.H. Gombrich in Retrospect' in Art History, 7,1984, 228-43
  • T.J. Clark, 'The Conditions of Artistic Creation', Times Literary Supplement. 24.5.74, 561-2, reprinted in E. Fernie (ed.) Art History and its Methods (1995), 248-255.
  • Cennino Cennini, The Craftsmans Handbook: the Italian Il libro dellarte [c.1400], trans. D. Thompson, reprinted New York 1954
  • D. Bomford, J. Dunkerton, D. Gordon, A. Roy, Art in the Making. Italian Painting before 1400, The National Gallery London 1989
  • D. Bomford, J. Kirby, A. Roy, A, Ruger, R. White, Art in the Making. Rembrandt, The National Gallery London 2006
  • N. Penny, The Materials of Sculpture, New Haven 1993
  • A. Hind, A History of Engraving and Etching from the 15th Century to the Year 1914, [first ed.1923], New York 1963
  • A. Callen, The Art of Impressionism. Painting Techniques and the making of modernity, New Haven 2000



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