- Code ARTH1006
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr David Hansen
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This course will introduce key concepts in art history and art theory by examining how images and objects produce ways of seeing and knowing the world, and by discussing how they construct and perpetuate cultural meaning through narrative, space and form. The Western classical tradition will be a particular focus, along with contrasting periods and styles including the Gothic, Baroque and Rococo, and non-Western art and design. The relevance of historical art to contemporary concerns and art practice will be a consistent theme of the course considered through a wide range of media, including digital media, film, and architecture.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and apply the defining methodologies of art history and theory.
- Analyze the visual and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture.
- Identify major themes and trajectories in World art.
- Research and access information about art history and theory.
- Present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.
- Tutorial presentation (15) [LO 4,5]
- Written paper, 1000 words (25) [LO 1,4,5]
- Take-home visual analysis exam, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Research essay, 2000 words (35) [LO 1,2,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Alpers, Svetlana, The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.
Bazin, Germain. Baroque and Rococo. New York and London: Thames & Hudson, 1985.
Baxandall, Michael, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style, OUP, 1988.
Bell, Julian, Mirror of the World: A New History of Art, Thames and Hudson, 2007.
Blunt, Anthony. Art and Architecture in France: 1500-1700. London, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999.
Crary, John, Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century, MIT Press, 1992.
Green, Alexandra (ed.), Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives (HKU Press, 2013).
Greenhalgh, Michael, What is Classicism, London: John Wiley and Sons, 1990.
Harrison, Charles, Paul Wood, and Jason Gaiger (eds.), Art in Theory 1648-1815: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. London; Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.
Harrison, Charles & Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory: 1900-2000: An anthology of changing ideas, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009)
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.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2932||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|