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Art History: The Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy - MLitt

Course content

This programme explores the richness and complexity of artistic invention from the late thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. You will have the opportunity for deep engagement with art-making both in Italy and northern Europe (France, Germany, Low Countries, England and Scotland) and be encouraged to challenge orthodoxies about the influence of one upon the other.

Why this programme

◾You will learn from world-leading researchers and develop expert knowledge in this specialised area within History of Art.
◾Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing.
◾You will have hands-on access to Renaissance collections of international significance in the University’s own Hunterian Art Gallery (paintings, woodcuts and engravings) and Special Collections (illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, emblem books), and Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Italian, Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings) , Burrell Collection (Renaissance art in many media, including tapestries and sculpture) and Museums Resource Centre (paintings, glass and ceramics). The city is also an excellent base from which to explore Scotland’s rich architectural heritage, including some of the most complete Renaissance palaces and noble houses in Europe.

Programme structure

The programme is comprised of a core course designed to give you an overview of methods and approaches as well as seminar opportunities to engage directly with original works of art; and optional courses, enabling you to create your own Masters programme.

It also allows you to work in an interdisciplinary capacity, selecting courses from across the College of Arts, according to personal interests. Language and renaissance palaeography study are among the optional courses available. The programme convenor will work with you to ensure a sensible portfolio of courses is constructed, according to your personal aims and objectives.

Core teaching and research training are delivered during the first semester. Optional courses may be taken during the first and second semesters, followed by dissertation research. The dissertation provides an opportunity for you to identify an area of interest and to create a research project that allows in-depth critical exploration of it.

Core Courses
◾Defining the Renaissance: Objects, Theories, Categories
◾Research Methods in Practice


Optional Courses
◾Death and the Art of Dying in the Renaissance North
◾Masters of the Venetian Renaissance: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese
◾From Gothic to Renaissance in Northern Europe
◾The Renaissance Palace as Portrait
◾Work Placement

Who will you work with

You will be taught by a team of experts in different aspects of Renaissance art history based at the University of Glasgow:
◾Dr Debra Strickland – illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, monsters, images of non-Christians in Christian art, and the painting of Hieronymus Bosch.
◾Dr Tom Nichols - Venetian Renaissance art and the imagery of social outcasts
◾Dr John Richards – Humanism and the visual arts; ‘Gothic’/’Renaissance’ interface.
◾Dr Sally Rush - the visual and material culture of the Renaissance court

Career prospects

Object-based study sessions and field trips will introduce you to professionals working in museums and the heritage industry and you will have the opportunity to gain further experience of these sectors through a work placement. The dissertation will foster essential independent research skills and prepare you for doctoral research should you wish to pursue an academic career.

Visit the Art History: The Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy - MLitt page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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