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The Domestic Interior in Italy c.1400-1550 - HOA00008M

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Amanda Lillie
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The aim of this course is to study the domestic interior in Italy during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, focussing on the cities of Florence and Venice and their surrounding countryside. The course is particularly concerned with the ways in which household values and the identity of the inhabitants are constructed and articulated in the decoration and furnishing of houses.

Module learning outcomes

  • A familiarity with a range of objects found in fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Italian houses
  • A knowledge of the socio-political and cultural conditions that influenced the shape and contents of domestic interiors and an ability to analyse the objects in relation to their historical context
  • An awareness of the varying approaches to this subject taken by art, architectural or cultural historians


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written mark and comments on summative assessment will be distributed to students in week 6 of the term in which the assessed work was submitted.

Indicative reading

  • Richard A. Goldthwaite, Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy 1300-1600, Baltimore and London 1993, ISBN 0-8018-4612-9
  • Peter Thornton, The Italian Renaissance Interior. 1400-1600, London 1991
  • Luke Syson and Dora Thornton, Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy, London, British Museum, 2001
  • Patricia Fortini Brown, Private Lives in Renaissance Venice, New Haven and London 2004, ISBN 0300-102-364
  • J. K. Lydecker, The Domestic setting of the arts in renaissance Florence, PhD 1987
  • Roberta J. M Olson, Patricia L. Reilly and Rupert Shepherd, eds., The Biography of the Object in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Blackwells, Oxford, 2006, also published as a special issue of Renaissance Studies, 2005 (available online with jstor)
  • Marta Ajmar-Wollheim, Flora Dennis and Ann Matchette, eds., Approaching the Italian Renaissance Interior: Sources, Methodologies, Debates, also published as a special issue of Renaissance Studies, vol. 20 no. 5, 2007.
  • Marta Ajmar-Wollheim and Flora Dennis eds., At Home in Renaissance Italy, London 2006
  • Michelle OMalley and Evelyn Welch, eds., The Material Renaissance, London (Macmillan) 2007
  • Jaqueline Musacchio, Art, Marriage, and Family in the Florentine Renaissance Palace, New Haven, 2008 [ON ORDER]
  • Andrea Beyer, ed., Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, exhib. cat. Metropolitan Museum New York, New Haven, 2008

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