- Code ARTH6081
- Unit Value 12 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 PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Critically engage with the continuities and changes in
European court culture from 1500 to 1815.
- 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.
- Research and engage with primary and secondary sources on
the visual culture of the European Courts.
- Speak and write with confidence on the visual culture of the European Courts at an advanced level.
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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Workload260 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 will need to contact the School of Art and Design to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Preliminary ReadingJohn 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.
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