Renaissance Art (HART 311)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
History of Art(HART)
Bratislav Pantelic,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Discussion based learning
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This course is intended as a introduction to the aesthetics and representational practice of the Early Renaissance. It examines and discusses how a bold vision of humanity coupled with revolutionary experiments in the visual arts set the foundations of the Western canon.


This course is an introduction to the art of the Italian Renaissance. Students will have the opportunity to examine and discuss how revolutionary experiments in the visual arts interacted with bold new ideas and perceptions of the world. Through lectures and discussions students will discover how the Renaissance mode of representation reflected the overall cultural climate and especially the intellectual discourse of humanism.


  • Upon completion of this course students should be able to: 1. comprehend the Renaissance from the historical and cultural perspective; 2. evaluate works of Renaissance art and identify them by author and subject; 3. understand the aesthetics and representational practice of Renaissance art;


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 2

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 1

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 3

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 3

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 3

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 5

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 5

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 3

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 5

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 5

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 5

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 4

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 3


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 30
Participation 30


Optional Readings

Recommended Readings

- Excerpts from primary sources (posted in SUCourse)

- Vasari, Giorgio. Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects.
New York: Knopf, 1996. 2 volumes. (selections)

- Welch, Evelyn. Art in Renaissance Italy: 1350-1500 (Oxford History of Art). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. (selections)