Art history

Art and the City I

Module code: V4048D
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

The module forms part of the Second Year teaching for the Art History single honours programme and all joint honours programmes with Art History. In week 5 of the Spring term, Art History students go on a compulsory Study trip to Rome. Art and the City is concerned with the physical and social contexts for the production and consumption of works of visual art and is built round a geographical case studies of the city of Rome. This course aims to provide detailed study of art in a single city across a broad timeframe (Classical to Contemporary). It focuses on the spaces in which art is situated rather than on specific objects in museum collections. It lays emphasis on how to understand art in its physical context, and how to record it.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the history of artistic production in the context of the city site.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the significance of key artistic sites and monuments in the city.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the textual sources, historical and cultural contexts of artistic sites in cities and use a variety of methodologies to interpret and effectively communicate them.