• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course will examine the history and theory of portraiture. A diverse range of images will be discussed from Egyptian funerary portraits through to modern and contemporary likenesses. Alongside large oil paintings and monumental sculpture, the course will include the study of coins, miniatures, silhouettes, photographs, prints and caricatures. The major figures in the history of portraiture, such as Van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Hals, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velásquez, Holbein, Goya, Ingres, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Picasso and Bacon will all be included. We will also utilise local collections and will study Australian portraiture.  A range of challenging concerns and issues will be addressed:  such as likeness and truth; concepts of beauty; memory and commemoration; identity and the projection of self; portraiture and it relationship to class, race and gender struggles. We will also explore the curatorial and exhibition practices surrounding portraiture, especially the formation and role of National Portrait Galleries.      

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have an in-depth understanding of the history and theories surrounding portraiture and the ability to anlayse the complexities of portrait conventions.

 

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation and visual analysis (30%); research essay (40%); end of semester visual test (20%); and tutorial participation (10%).

Passing the course is conditional on satisfactory tutorial attendance.

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Workload

Contact hours include 3 hours per week in lectures and tutorials.

Attendance is on campus but with many tutorials held off campus.

Students are expected to complete an average of 5 hours per week outside of these contact hours.

 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ARTH6504.

Preliminary Reading

 

Harry Berger, ‘Fictions of the pose: facing the gaze in early Modern portraiture', Representations, Spring, 1994, pp. 87-120

Richard Brilliant, Portraiture, London: Reaktion Books, 1991

Shearer West, Portraiture, Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2004

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of the history of art and experience in researching and analysing art objects.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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