• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christina Clarke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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:

  1. describe and analyse 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 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 access information on early-modern European art and society; and
  5. speak about early-modern European art.

Other Information

This course makes an excellent companion to ARTV2050 Renaissance and Baroque Art.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (15) [LO 1,4,5]
  2. Object analysis, 1000 words (25) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  3. Research essay, 2000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Visual test (30) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH6080.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Blunt, Anthony. Art and Architecture in France: 1500-1700. London, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999.

Crow, Thomas E. Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-century Paris. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Warnke, Martin. The court artist: on the ancestry of the modern artist. Cambridge; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4037 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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