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KUN2500 Current Topics in Art History is used to offer courses beyond the ordinary courses offered at the Bachelor's programme in Art History. Content, teaching method and form of evaluation will vary from semester to semester. See semester pages for course content.


Topic Spring 2020: 

Renaissance Art and Globalization. Visual and Material Cultures of Early Modern Italy in a Global World

This course has compulsory lectures in Italy.

This course provides an introduction to the Art of Renaissance Italy in a global perspective. Focusing on a selected group of case studies, the course considers the role of Italian Renaissance art in the context of the so-called early modern globalization, 1450–1600. This period is characterized by the development of trade and networks on a global scale, leading to an increasing cultural exchange between distant areas of the world. Art and cultural historians now question standard notions of national identity and regional styles, emphasizing instead the cross-cultural exchanges that defined and characterized the pre-modern world. Taking these assumptions as a point of departure, the program explores the arts of Renaissance Italy in the international context of the early modern period, revealing the impact of an expanding world on Italian artists and patrons, while also showing the continuing function of Italy as a source of inspiration for artists coming from abroad, as well as the impact of infra-regional exchanges. The lectures and readings, discussions and site visits will cover artworks by well-known artists (including Mantegna, Raphael and Michelangelo), as well as case studies based on materials, techniques, and the history of collecting.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes spring 2020:

After completing this course you will:

  • have a broad knowledge of the main protagonists of Renaissance Italian art.
  • be familiar with the main critical problems related to the early modern globalization.
  • know how to read and interpret images, and how to understand their role as vehicles of communication intended to impact on a multicultural world.
  • know different interpretative methods in History of Artwill be able to give an oral presentation of a topic in History of Art


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Are you a student outside UiO or a single course student? Then you must apply to become a single course student.
If you are a student outside UiO or a single course student, in addition to applying to become a single course student, you must submit the following documentation by December 15:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Possible documentation of studies this semester that are relevant to the admission, e.g. confirmation of courses you have registered for the fall semester 2019.
  • Any confirmation from your University that you are a student in a study program and that KUN2500 can be included in your bachelor's degree.

Documentation is sent to the executive officer for art history and visual studies.

If this course has more applicants than available places, the applicants will be ranked.

If you are offered a place on the course, you must:

Overlapping courses

10 credit overlap with KUN4500 – Current Topics in Art History if the topic is the same.


Class meetings will include lecture and discussion, typically structured around weekly topics and assigned readings. Students are expected to participate actively in the discussions

In order to qualify to the final exam, you must complete these compulsory assignments:

  • Compulsory attendance to all class sessions
  • Oral presentation. Based on a schedule to be determined, each student is required to give an in-class presentation on one object of their choice, providing an introduction to the literature and situating critically authors and subjects. The presentation can be held either in Norwegian or English.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class

For more information about teaching, schedule and syllabus Spring 2020, see semester page.


Examination Spring 2020:

The final exam is a three day home exam. The text must be approx. 7-9 pages (each page à 2300 characters without spaces, not including illustrations, notes and reference).

The assignment will be handed in using Inspera. You must familiarize yourself with the login and submission procedures in timely manner before the exam. Read more about Inspera below.

Grading guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian or English. 

If you would prefer to have the exam text in an other language, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. The Department's assessments of courses are available at our web-pages, but generally only in Norwegian.


You have to finance travel to and from Italy and finance your stay in Italy. The Norwegian Institute in Rome have apartments for students you may rent. Contact the The Norwegian Institute in Rome for more information about housing and stay in Italy.
Please note that attendance to classes in Italy do not give valid absence from other compulsory activites or exams to other courses you may take.
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Spring 2020

This course will be held in Italy. Dates: February 27th - March 27th 2020.


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