• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Cultural Studies, Design Arts, Creative Arts, Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Wellington
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course examines the extraordinary efflorescence of Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical visual culture in Europe from 1660 to 1815. We will study the dynamic and changing face of religious and secular images, objects, buildings, and monuments from this period to learn about an age of fervent religious devotion, and the pursuit of pleasure, power, riches, and glory. This course also encourages students to look beyond Europe to investigate how religious missions, ambassadorial visits, and trade between East and West led to a shared fascination with the arts of the foreign other throughout this period.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically engage with the literature on major developments in European art and visual culture from 1660 to 1815.
  2. Identify the influence of exchange with non-Western cultures on European visual culture.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of changes in European art and visual culture that reflect changes in society and the theories and methodologies of art production.
  4. Research and interrogate primary and secondary sources on early-modern European art and society.
  5. Speak with confidence and write about early-modern European art at an advanced level.

Other Information

This course makes an excellent companion to ARTV6104 Renaissance and Baroque Art.

Indicative Assessment

Conference paper with powerpoint, 20 minutes, (25%) (LO1,2, 3, 4, & 5) and associated written paper of 3000 words, 25% (LO1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)

Research article for a relevant a peer-reviewed journal (3,000 words) (50%) (LO1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

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A two hour lecture and one hour tutorial per week and  four additional tutorials for graduate students each semester. Students are expected to undertake a further 87 hours of independent study over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2080.

Preliminary Reading

John Adamson, The Princely Courts of Europe 1500-1750 (London; Seven Dials, 2000); Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Court, Cloister, and City: The Art and Culture of Central Europe. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1995.

Blunt, Anthony. Art and Architecture in France: 1500-1700. London, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999.

Crow, Thomas E. Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-century Paris. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Warnke, Martin. The court artist: on the ancestry of the modern artist. Cambridge; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Wittkower, Rudolf. Art and Architecture in Italy, 1600-1750, Volumes 1-3: Fourth Edition (The Yale University Press Pelican History). 4th ed. Yale University Press, 1999.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3591 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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