Course title in Estonian
Sõna ja pilt keskajal/renessansi ajal
Course title in English
Word and Image in the Middle Ages/Renaissance
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2020/2021 Autumn semester
Ülar Ploom (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021 Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
- to learn about the relations of verbal and visual arts in late Medieval and Renaissance culture
- to understand the dynamics of these relations
- analyse late Medieval and Renaissance texts and art works in the context of their epocal rhetorics and practices and today’s theoretical research
Brief description of the course
This lecture and seminar course studies some key questions of the relation of verbal and pictorial expression from the late Middle Ages to the late Renaissance. The course has two supervisors with different expertise, hence the topics will be discussed from complementary slants. The basic topics to be discussed include (1) the question of „ut pictura poiesis“ from Horace’s „Ars poetica“ to Lessing’s „Laokoon or the Limits of Painting and Literature“; (2) the intersemiotic translation between the verbal and the visual; (3) seeing and understanding and the depiction of the visible and the invisible, including the issue of viewing regime; (4) the biblical and the pagan in verbal and visual arts; (5) 16th century European Reformations and the problem of Word and Image (6) the position of verbal and visual art and artists from the late Middle Ages to the eraly Baroque period
Seminar presentations on the key topics of the study course.
Learning outcomes in the course
- the student will know the key problems in the relations of verbal and visual arts during the late Medieval and Renaissance periods
- understand the dynamics of these relations
- be able to analyse selected works in the context of epocal rhetorics and practices and today’s theoretical research
- be able to raise new research problems
The evaluation of the lecture and seminar course consists of two parts – the assessment of the participation at lectures and seminars (with oral seminar presentations agreed upon with the supervisors) and of the end-of-term essay on a freely chosen research topic agreed upon with the supervisors.
Active participation in the lectures and seminars with required seminar presentations - 40% of the grade; examination essay - 60% of the grade
Active participation in the lectures and seminars with required seminar presentations - 40% of the grade; examination essay - 60% of the grade.
It is not possible to take the course on the basis of independent readings.