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3000 Years of European Arts and Architecture: 1000 - 1500

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

A five-week course looking at the period from 1000 to 1500. During this time of dramatic change, arts and architecture in Europe accompanied a broad range of cultural shifts. From the less documented Romanesque to the stardom status of 1400s artists, this course covers a key period extending from the middle ages to the Renaissance.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Content of Course

1. 1000-1100 Romanesque architecture, sculpture, wall paintings, pilgrimages and monasticism.

2. 1100-1200 Early Gothic.

3. 1200-1300 Duccio, Cimabue, Giotto, Pisano, High Gothic, Rayonnant Gothic, Chartres Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle.

4. 1300-1400 Giotto, Cione, Martini, Lorenzetti, Fabriano, Veneziano, Parler, Flamboyant Gothic, Perpendicular style.

5. 1400-1500 van Eyck, Limbourg, Masaccio, Francesca, Pisanello, Brunelleschi, Alberti, Ghiberti, Memling, Mantegna, Leonardo, van der Weyden, Donatello, Sluter.

Teaching method(s)

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Conduct a methodical analysis of artworks;

  • Recognise and describe the work of various European styles and creators;

  • Discuss broad trends in the history of European arts between 1000 and 1500.


Core Readings

Please discuss these with your tutor if you are considering purchasing a book:

  • Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art Rev. 7th. London: Laurence King.

  • Graham-Campbell, J. & Valor, M., 2007. The Archaeology of Medieval Europe: Eighth to Twelfth Centuries AD v. 1. Aarhus: Lancaster, [England]: Aarhus University Press.

  • Cormack, R., 2000. Byzantine Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Benton, J.R., 2002. Art of the Middle Ages. New York: Thames & Hudson.

  • Coldstream, N., 2002. Medieval Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Arnold, J.H., 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Scott, H. M, 2015. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750. Volume 1, Peoples and Place. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Scott, H.M., 2015. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750. Volume 2, Cultures and Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Blondé, B., Boone, M. & Van Bruaene, A.-L., 2018. City and Society in the Low Countries, 1100–1600. Cambridge University Press.

  • James, L., 2017. Mosaics in the Medieval World: from Late Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Nash, S., 2008. Northern Renaissance Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Welch, E.S., 2000. Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Anderson, C., 2013. Renaissance Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

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