• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Art History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

The European demand for spices spurred the search for new trade routes to the East. From the mid 15th century, their voyages of discovery, improvements in naval technology and competition for domination of the East-West commerce opened up new markets.  At the same time, they facilitated new opportunities for exchange and provided a fresh stimulus for artistic expression in both continents.  This course explores the creative transactions that took place through court and religious art, luxury goods and exotica in Asia and Europe from 1450 to today.  The history of trade, imperial ambitions and movements of people provides a context for assessing the dynamic relationships between art and changing tastes, the fascination with the exotic, and perceptions of the self and the world around.   

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 

  1. relate art works and their creation to their specific historical, social and political contexts of contact and exchange
  2. identify and analyse the imitation, appropriations, assimilations and transformations in art within these contexts
  3. use specific examples to evaluate theories of and approaches to the processes and exchanges between Europe and Asia that informed artistic creation from 1450 to the present
  4. research, select and combine examples of art and integrate key textual and archival sources to develop and present, orally and in writing, their own perspectives on the exchanges in European and Asian art. 

Indicative Assessment

Forum presentation and research paper (6000 words) - 50% (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4) 

Forum chair/responder and paper on key issues/questions (2000 words) - 20% (Learning outcome 1, 3 and 4) 

Short writing exercises based on forum topics (3 x 1000 words) - 30% (Learning outcomes 1 and 4)

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Workload

Contact hours include a one hour lecture followed by a three hour discussion forum.  The forums will take various forms, including:

• seminar presentations followed by question and answer sessions.

• structured group discussion.

• films and documentaries that have had a significant impact on the discipline of Art History, followed by discussion.

Students are expected to complete an average of 16 hours per week outside these contact hours.

Online students will be able to join the forums live or listen to the recordings.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Art to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Michael Sullivan, The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989

Anna Jackson and Amin Jaffer, Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800, London: V&A Publications, 2004

John M. MacKenzie. Orientalism: History, Theory, and the Arts. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995

Jay A. Levenson (ed.). Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration, Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1991

Jay Levenson (ed.). Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World, 3 vols.  Washington: Smithsonian, 2007

Yukiko Shirahara (ed.). Japan envisions the West: 16th – 19th century Japanese art from the Kobe City Museum. Washington: Seattle Art Museum, 2007

John Vollmer et al. Silk Roads China Ships, Toronto:  Royal Ontario Museum, 1983.

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
12 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
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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