• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History

This course will examine the history of art collecting and collections from their origins in temple treasuries, through the private collections of the mediaeval worlds of Europe and Asia, to the role of patrons and princes, past and present in the establishment of art collections and policies.  The impact of world exploration and empire on the development of collections and the evolution of public collections are major themes. In addition, contemporary issues regarding collection development will be addressed. The impact of social, political and ethical environments on museum collecting, display and documentation will be explored with particular reference to Australian collections.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skill and knowledge to:

  1. Outline and present orally and in written form major themes of collecting history.
  2. Use electronic resources to find and share information regarding international laws relating to cultural heritage, and discuss their impact on collecting.
  3. Interpret commentary, written and oral, related to art collecting internationally.
  4. Describe contemporary factors affecting art collection development.
  5. Undertake independent research and critically review specialised literature.

Indicative Assessment

4000 word seminar presentation based on a topic from Weeks 2-7: 45% [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4,5]

4000 word seminar presentation based on a topic from Weeks 8-13: 45% [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

Tutorial participation 10% [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 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 ARTH2057.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed texts.

Preliminary Reading

Jonathon Brown. "Kings and Connoisseurs. Collecting art in seventeenth century Europe", Princeton: University Press, 1994.
 
Sarah Thornton. “Seven Days in the Art World”, W.W.Norton and Co: New York, 2008.

Journal of the History of Collections (available as electronic full-text journal through the ANU library).

Assumed Knowledge

There is no specific assumed knowledge for this course though students are expected to have some basic research skills.

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:
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
2020 $7140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $10920
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7048 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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