The Rise of the Print in Europe, 1400-1800 - HOA00041I

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jeanne Nuechterlein
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

Prints played a critical role in early modern European visual culture. Comparatively inexpensive and lightweight, and ranging from cheap popular images to sophisticated artistic productions, they reached a wide range of audiences and circulated easily across geographic boundaries. This module analyses the beginnings of European printmaking around 1400, when woodcuts were first widely circulated, and follows its dramatic expansion in formats, themes and audiences up to 1800. We will address a range of issues including the technical production of prints, processes of marketing and circulation, and the subject matter that appeared in printed images, often well in advance of other artistic media.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should have acquired:

  • Understand the origins of European printmaking in the 15th century and its subsequent development up to 1800.
  • Distinguish between different types of prints including woodcuts, engravings and etchings, and understand how each is produced.
  • Know how prints were circulated, marketed and used.
  • Analyse the subject matter that commonly appeared in prints, and how subjects changed according to time, place and audience.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark Group
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Seminar
N/A 10 A
University - closed examination
The Rise of the Print in Europe, 1400-1800
2 hours 90 A
Essay/coursework
The Rise of the Print in Europe, 1400-1800
N/A 90 B
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Seminar
N/A 10 B

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark Group
University - closed examination
The Rise of the Print in Europe, 1400-1800
2 hours 90 A
Essay/coursework
The Rise of the Print in Europe, 1400-1800
N/A 90 B

Module feedback

Feedback on formative essay within one week.

Feedback on summative exams within six weeks.

Indicative reading

William Mills Ivins, How Prints Look: Photographs with Commentary (1987)

Peter Parshall, The Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-century Woodcuts and Their Public (2005)

David Landau and Peter Parshall, The Renaissance Print, 1470-1550 (1994)

Susan Dackerman, Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts (2002)

H. Diane Russell, Eva/Ave: Woman in Renaissance and Baroque Prints (1991)



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