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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the figure of the artist? This free course, Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael, takes the life of Raphael as a case study. You will examine sixteenth-century sources to explore the creation of artistic authorship in the early modern era. The course explores past and current approaches to the artist in terms of authorship, identity and subjectivity. You will consider issues such as the relationship between the artist's life and work, the enduring notion of 'genius' and the artist as a source of meaning.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how both primary and secondary sources need to be read critically to identify and evaluate arguments and approaches
  • understand and evaluate biography as a form of writing with its own traditions and conventions
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of differing approaches to art history
  • comprehend and engage with a range of ideas about selfhood and subjectivity.

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