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  1. Week 1. Introduction The senses of ‘seeing through.’ Key readings 4 items
    1. Introduction - Christy Anderson, Anne Dunlop and Pamela H. Smith

      Chapter Recommended

    2. Visual Matter - Caroline, Walker, Bynum

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

    3. Plural Temporality of the Work of Art - Alexander, Nagel and Christopher, S. Wood

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

  2. Week 2. From South Kensington Museum to the V&A. Class in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Key readings. 4 items
    1. The idealist enterprise and the applied arts - Michael, Conforti

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

    2. Consuming problems : worldly goods in Renaissance Venice - Patricia Allerston

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading

    3. The powers of gold and precious stones - Marina, Belozerskaya

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

  3. Week 3. Workshop knowledge, philosophy, secrets I: Theophilus, Cennini and materials in the hands of late Medieval craftsmen. Key readings. 6 items
    1. Introduction: Theophilus, On Diverse Arts, prologue 1 - Heidi C. Gearhart

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

    2. Cennino Cennini's Il libro dell'arte: a new English translation and commentary with Italian transcription - Cennino Cennini, Lara Broecke 2015

      Book Recommended Earlier version also available below.

    3. The book of the art of Cennino Cennini: a contemporary practical treatise on quattrocento painting - Cennino Cennini, Christiana Jane Powell Herringham 1899

      Book Recommended

    4. The body of the artisan: art and experience in the scientific revolution - Smith, Pamela H., c2004.

      Book Recommended UCL username and password required for off-site access. Please concentrate esp. pp. 95 ff. Print copy also available below.

    5. Historians in the Laboratory: Reconstruction of Renaissance Art and Technology in the Making and Knowing Project - Pamela H. Smith 04/2016

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  4. Week 4. Workshop knowledge, philosophy, secrets II: Alchemy, metal and paint. Key readings. 3 items
    1. Lead white’s mysteries - Spike, Bucklow

      Chapter Recommended

  5. Week 5. Material demonstration I: touching with the eyes. Key readings. 3 items
    1. Introduction: Meditative Images and the Psychology of Soul - Walter S. Melion

      Chapter Recommended

  6. Week 6. Material demonstration II: Monstrances, tabernacles. Class in the V&A and the Brompton Oratory. Key readings. 3 items
    1. Visio dei: Changes in Medieval Visuality - Cynthia, Hahn

      Chapter Recommended

    2. Selected pages from "The power of objects" chapter - Caroline, Walker Bynum

      Chapter Recommended

  7. Week 7. Windows I: Through a glass darkly. Key readings. 3 items
    1. 'All in him selfe as in a glass he sees': mirrors and vision in the Renaissance’ - Thijs Weststeijn

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    2. The Technology of Reflection: Renaissance Mirrors of Steel and Glass - Rayna Kalas 11/15/2002

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    3. Light as Form and Symbol in Some Fifteenth-Century Paintings - Millard Meiss 09/1945

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  8. Week 8. Windows II: Alberti’s Costruzione legittima and ‘fatty knowledge’. Key readings. 2 items
    1. The passionate triangle - Rebecca Zorach 2011

      Book Recommended

    2. The origin of perspective - Hubert Damisch c1994

      Book Recommended

  9. Week 9. Windows III: Perspective and the visionary. Key readings. 4 items
    1. L'Annonciation de Carlo Crivelli et le problème de l'ornement - Thomas Golsenne

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    2. Crivelli - Daniel Arasse

      Chapter Recommended

    3. intarsia Annunciation in the Sacristy of Florence cathedral - Daniel Arasse

      Chapter 

    4. Salience and the Snail: Liminality and Incarnation in Francesco del Cossa’s Annunciation (c. 1470) - Patricia Simons

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  10. Week 10. Seeing through Wood I: Intarsia. Key readings. 4 items
    1. About Installation - Ilya Kabakov

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    2. Curved Foundations: Complexity in Italian Intarsia - James, Elkins

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading. Cornell 1996, for intarsia see pp. 128-133 but read in the context of ‘Demonstratio’ pp. 121 ff.

    3. Archaeology and analysis of the side wall revetments - Margaret, Haines & Giuseppe, Marchini

      Chapter Recommended

    4. Renaissance intarsia: masterpieces of wood inlay - Luca Sassi, Marguerite Shore 2012

      Book Recommended Useful for a general introduction to Italian intarsia, including the Florence, Urbino and Verona projects and excellent photos.

  11. Week 11. Seeing through Wood II: Body and ‘True Cross.’ Key readings. 4 items
    1. The Meaning of Wood in Early Modern European Sculpture - Christina, Neilson

      Chapter Recommended

    2. The Franciscans and the True Cross: The Decoration of the Cappella Maggiore of Santa Croce in Florence - Nancy M. Thompson 01/2004

      Article Recommended UCL username and password required for off-site access.

    3. Taking the Measure of Relics of the True Cross

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  12. Week 12: Seeing through oil paint I: depth. Class in the National Gallery. 5 items
    1. Van Eyck's technique: The myth and the reality’, I and II - Ashok Roy and Raymond White,

      Chapter Recommended

  13. Week 13. Seeing through oil paint II: Colour, transparency and obscurity. Class in the National Gallery. 7 items
    1. Van Eyck's technique: The myth and the reality’, I and II - Ashok Roy and Raymond White,

      Chapter 

    2. Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne' - Arthur Lucas and Joyce Plesters 1978

      Article Recommended

    3. Time as Painter: The Ever-changing canvas - Philip, Ball

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

  14. Reading Week: 2-day trip to Venice: gold, glass, stone and water. Preparatory reading. 4 items
    1. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: the strife of love in a dream - Francesco Colonna, Joscelyn Godwin 2005

      Book Recommended Earlier editions also available. Click "Find other formats/Editions" for availability details.

    2. On divers arts: the foremost medieval treatise on painting, glassmaking and metalwork - John G. Hawthorne, Cyril Stanley Smith, Theophilus 1979

      Book Recommended

    3. The stones of Venice - John Ruskin, Jan Morris 1981

      Book Recommended Earlier editions also available. Click "Find other formats/Editions" for availability details.

  15. Week 14. The gilded surface I:heavenly reflection. Class in the National Gallery collection. Key readings. 4 items
    1. The sensual icon: space, ritual, and the senses in Byzantium - Bissera V. Pentcheva 2010

      Book Recommended

    2. Gold coins and gold leaf in early Italian Paintings - Virma, Passeri

      Chapter Recommended

    3. History of Art Portal

      Webpage Recommended Acknowledgements: This research has been generously supported by grants from the DAAD, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Department of History of Art at the University of York. This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England and Wales (CC BY-SA 2.0 UK) with the exception of images accompanied by a statement of copyright. Please focus on: "Jeanne Nuechterlein, From Medieval to Modern: Gold and the Value of Representation in Early Netherlandish Painting, 2013"

  16. Week 15: The gilded surface II: relief. Key readings. 2 items
    1. Everything Swims with Excess: Gold and Its Fashioning in Sixteenth-Century France - Rebecca Zorach 1999

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    2. Crivelli’s Divine Materials - Alison, Wright

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

  17. Week 17: Seeing through stone I: Contemplating hardstone. Key readings. 5 items
    1. Introduction - Georges Didi-Huberman

      Chapter Recommended

    2. The Colours of Mystery - Georges Didi-Huberman

      Chapter 

    3. On the origins of European painting materials, real and imagined - Anne, Dunlop

      Chapter Recommended

    4. Neo-Cosmatesque - Alexander, Nagel and Christopher S. Wood

      Chapter Recommended

    5. Walking on Water: Cosmic Floors in Antiquity and the Middle Ages - Fabio Barry 2007

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  18. Week 18: Seeing through stone II: Carving Cloud. Key readings. 4 items
    1. ‘Touch the truth’? Desiderio da Settignano, Renaissance relief and the body of Christ - Alison Wright 01/2012

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    2. The image in form: selected writings of Adrian Stokes - Adrian Stokes 1972

      Book Recommended

    3. Donatello and the Planes of Relief - Michael, Podro

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading

  19. Week 19: On the surface and under it. Key readings. 4 items
    1. The Infra-red Reflectograms of Jan van Eyck's Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife Giovanna Cenami. Technical Bulletin. National Gallery, London

      Webpage Recommended To cite this article we suggest using Billinge, R., Campbell, L. 'The Infra-red Reflectograms of Jan van Eyck's Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife Giovanna Cenami(?)'. National Gallery Technical Bulletin Vol 16, pp 47–60. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/technical-bulletin/billinge_campbell1995

    2. Depositing time in Painted Representation - Louis, Marin

      Chapter Recommended

    3. Recovering Titian: The Cleaning and Restoration of Three Overlooked Canvas Paintings | Technical Bulletin Vol 34 | National Gallery, London

      Webpage Recommended To cite this article we suggest using Dunkerton, J., ‘Recovering Titian: The Cleaning and Restoration of Three Overlooked Canvas Paintings’, National Gallery Technical Bulletin Vol. 34, 2013, pp. 106–21. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/technical-bulletin/vol-34-essay-2-2013

  20. Week 20: Finish, non-finito and the work continuously in process. Key readings. 4 items
    1. Unfinished: thoughts left visible 2016

      Book Recommended

    2. Time as Painter: The Ever-changing canvas - Philip, Ball

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading.

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