• Class Number 4631
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Robert Wellington
    • Dr Robert Wellington
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

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.

See the course bibliography available on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written comments on essays and other written assessment, verbal comments to the whole class, to groups and to individuals.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

Referencing Guidelines for essay writing and further information on how and why to cite your sources can be found at:


Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction The Long-Eighteenth Century in Context
2 Baroque Aesthetics: An International Style
3 Cross-Cultural Encounters: Gifts, Trade, and Transcultural Aesthetics
4 Art and Power in Seventeenth Century France and Spain
5 Court Culture: Decorative Arts and Fashion in the European Court
6 The Rococo
8 Rococo Architecture
9 Academies and Salons: Art and the Public Sphere
10 The Grand Tour / Eighteenth Century Italian Art
11 Neoclassical Art: Revolution and Empire
12 Exhibition presentations

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Catalogue Entry 25 % 18/03/2019 01/04/2019 1,2,3,4
Book review 25 % 06/05/2019 20/05/2019 1,2,3,4
Exhibition proposal 50 % 10/06/2019 24/06/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 18/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Catalogue Entry

Write a scholarly catalogue entry for an object of your choice (note: this object might also relate to your group exhibition presentation). You can choose any object (print, painting, sculpture, furniture, fabric, carpet, porcelain, clothing, commemorative medal, jewellery) made between 1660 and 1815 in Europe, or from outside Europe if it is an object that relates to the history of international exploration and trade with Europe in the long eighteenth century.

Your catalogue entry should provide detailed visual analysis of your object and evidence of research that situates it within its cultural and historical context. You will need to conduct extensive research into the history of your object and the culture from which it came, and the books and references listed in your course bibliography is the best place to start your research. Your research should be broad and include scholarly journal articles, museum catalogues, and academic books.

You will need to supply footnotes and bibliography to provide evidence of your research, and these should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html Your catalogue entry should be presented in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, in 12 point text, and submitted to Turnitin on the course Wattle site.


Examples of published scholarly catalogue entries will be posted on Wattle as a guide.


Assessment Rubrics

Word limit: 1,500 words

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: upload to Wattle

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 06/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 20/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Book review

Write a scholarly book review for one of the leading art historical academic journals, such as: Burlington, Art Bulletin, Art History, or Print Quarterly (examples of book reviews published by these journals can be downloaded from JStor, available via the ANU library).

Choose a recent book (published in the last 10 years) that relates closely to the themes of our course. Be sure to check that you have chosen an appropriate title with the course tutor. Your first task will be to read the book very carefully and to identify its main arguments and innovations. You will then need to identify the current state of the field that your book relates to. You will have to critically assess the argument and methodology that your author has used in relation to the books and scholarly articles on the same topic. The tone of a scholarly book review should be formal and academic, this isn’t about likes and dislikes; it is a critical assessment of the argument presented in the book.

Your book review must be formatted in 12-point font, double-spaced. You must cite the sources of your ideas with footnotes, and a bibliography. 

Word limit: 2,000 words

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: upload to Wattle

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 10/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Exhibition proposal

This task requires you to work with a partner or in a group of three. There will be a short presentation that is assessed as a group and the remainder of the exercise will be assessed individually. The task has three parts:

1) Presentation

Over the semester you will work in pairs or threes to devise an exhibition proposal for a major public museum that draws upon themes from our course. It will be up to you to identify an appropriate venue and to make an argument for why they should stage your exhibition. You will pitch your exhibition as a group in our last tutorial (week 12). Presentations will be approximately 8-10 minutes each. (500 words, equivalent, 10 % of grade)

2) Scholarly justification


Working individually, write a scholarly justification for your exhibition. This part of the task will require you to conduct extensive research into the subject of your exhibition. You will need to identify recent scholarship relating to your theme, and previous exhibitions that have been held in international venues. You will need to demonstrate that your exhibition will be both innovative, appealing to an audience of international specialists, and broadly appealing to the public. (1,500 words, 40% of grade)


3) Exhibition design

Work individually to design your exhibition. You will need to identify themes for each room, writing a short blurb for each (approx. 250 words). Select objects for exhibition, writing a careful justification for their inclusion. Identify objects held in the collection of your museum that can be included and the loans will you require to present a coherent theme (make sure that your loans are plausible!). Finally, mock up a plan and design aesthetic for the exhibition. Explain how the design will aid the reception of your ideas: will you use colour or wall coverings to evoke a period, for example? What kind of lighting will you use? Exhibition designs can be hand drawn or made on the computer, if you prefer. (2,500 words, equivalent, 50% of grade).

You will need to supply footnotes and bibliography to provide evidence of your research, and these should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html Your exhibition proposal should be presented in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, in 12 point text, and submitted to Turnitin on the course Wattle site.


Assessment Rubrics

Word limit: 4,500 words (equivalent)

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: Part 1) Group presentation, Thursday 30 May. Parts 2 & 3 upload to Wattle

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Tutorial papers will be returned in tutorials. Work submitted electronically will be responded to on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students who fail to score a pass, but are marked between 45 and 49% will have the opportunity to resubmit.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Robert Wellington
02 6125 2263

Research Interests

Dr Robert Wellington

Monday 10:00 12:00
Monday 10:00 12:00
Dr Robert Wellington

Research Interests

Dr Robert Wellington

Monday 10:00 12:00
Monday 10:00 12:00

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