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This subject deals with the creation and the reception of the work of art. It commences in 15th century Italy with an examination of the organisation of artists' workshops and concludes by analysing the relationships between contemporary artists, their materials and markets. Topics in the subject are varied but will focus around certain key issues: the changing status of the artist, the determination of authenticity and value, and the role of materials and markets in the construction of meaning.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of the subject, students should have:
- demonstrated an understanding of the changing role of artists and art objects within society;
- demonstrated an understanding of issues raised by the creation and reception of works of art from the Renaissance to the present day;
- a familiarity with the ethical and theoretical issues raised by the authentication and valuation of works of art;
- developed oral skills for the discussion of the physical and commercial aspects of the work of art and develop skills in essay writing relevant to this subject; and
- developed skills in research with the specialist primary and secondary source material in this subject.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
- be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revisions; and
- be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Last updated: 22 January 2020