• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Design Arts, Arts

This course offers students the exciting opportunity to study Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical art, design and architecture on site in Europe. The course will provide an insight into life at court and the images and objects that defined the courtly aesthetic of princes of the church and princes of the state. It will take in many of the great masterpieces of the early-modern period, providing students with a life-changing experience and a path way to further study of European cultural history.

Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete Art of the European Courts. An alternative lesson plan will be arranged by the School of Art to fulfill the course requirements.

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 continuities and changes in European court culture from 1500 to 1815.
  2. Demonstrate an advanced and synthetic understanding of changes in European art and visual culture that reflect changes in society and the theories and methodologies of art production.
  3. Research and engage with primary and secondary sources on the visual culture of the European Courts.
  4. Speak and write with confidence on the visual culture of the European Courts at an advanced level.

Indicative Assessment

A 20 minute conference-style presentation on European Court culture (20%) (LO2, 3, and 4)

A 2000 word reflective journal (20%) (LO2, 3, & 4)

A 2500 word spatial analysis of a building, garden, palace gallery or church (25%) (LO3, & 4)

A 4,500 word research essay (35%) (LO1, 2, 3, & 4)

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 90 hours of contact delivered intensively as a 14 day in-country field trip; and b) 170 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2081.

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.

Brown, Jonathan. Kings & Connoisseurs: Collecting Art in Seventeenth-Century Europe. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.

Duindam, Jeroen. Vienna and Versailles: The Courts of Europe’s Dynastic Rivals, 1550-1780. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Harrison, Charles, Paul Wood, and Jason Gaiger (eds.), Art in Theory 1648-1815: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. London; Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.

Levey, Michael. Painting at Court. New York University Press, 1971.

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:
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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $6432
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $9180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6657 06 Aug 2018 13 Aug 2018 14 Sep 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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