• Class Number 4037
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Christina Clarke
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
    • Dr Christina Clarke
    • Catherine Purnell
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:

  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.

Research-Led Teaching

Lectures will be delivered by staff and associates of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory, School of Art & Design whose research expertise relates to the course.

Required Resources

Students will require a desktop or laptop computer equipped with a microphone and camera with reliable internet access to stream live lectures and attend Zoom tutorials (if applicable).

Compulsory reading material and a bibliography for students are provided on Wattle, but students will also be expected to undertake their own independent research using the ANU library and online resources provided by the ANU library.

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 Staging the Court: Palace and Garden Design
4 Art and Power in Seventeenth Century France and Spain Catalogue Entry due Monday 15 March
5 Court Culture: Decorative Arts and Fashion in the European Court
6 Cross-Cultural Encounters: Gifts, Trade, and Transcultural Aesthetics
7 The Rococo
8 Academies and Salons: Art and the Public Sphere
9 British Art in the Eighteenth Century
10 The Grand Tour and Italian Art Research Essay due Monday 10 May
11 Neoclassical Art: Revolution and Empire
12 Exhibition presentations Exhibition Presentations Take-Home Exams due Monday 7 June

Tutorial Registration

See tutorial information and registration on Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Exhibition Presentation and Tutorial Participation 15 % 26/05/2021 4,5
Catalogue Entry 25 % 15/03/2021 1,4,5
Research Essay 30 % 10/05/2021 2,3,5
Take-home visual analysis exam 30 % 07/06/2021 1,2,4,5

* 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: 15 %
Due Date: 26/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 4,5

Exhibition Presentation and Tutorial Participation

It is important that you come to tutorials each week and participate in class by reading set texts and preparing for tutorial activities listed for each week on Wattle as this will contribute to the grade that you receive for this course.

The main assessment for participation in this course is a short exhibition proposal that you will put together in groups of four to five students. Each group will present their exhibition proposal to the class in the last lecture in Week 12, presentations will be approximately 5-8 minutes per group. Your presentations should not be scripted, but you can have some notes to remind you of your key points.

Your presentation should include a PowerPoint slideshow (or equivalent), a brief overview of the theme of your exhibition, with one key object selected by each member of the group, and a very brief description of what this object reveals about your exhibition theme.

You might choose to use the same objects you selected for the catalogue entry exercise (assessment 2) as the basis for your individual contribution to the exhibition, so it will be necessary to discuss your exhibition theme with your group before choosing your object for that task.

The exhibition proposal can relate to any of the themes that we cover in this course so long as it relates to the arts and visual culture of the long eighteenth century in a meaningful way. You might choose one of the following themes: power and glory; nature and artifice; Europe and the World; everyday objects; art and science; art and the enlightenment; art and revolution. These are just a few suggestions and groups are encouraged to develop their own themes in consultation with the tutor.


Word limit (where applicable): N/A

Value: 15%

Presentation requirements: presentation

Estimated return date: continuing assessment

Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): N/A

Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): contribution of relevant object and participation in the group presentation.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 15/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5

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 careful 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: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.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.


Word limit (where applicable): 1,000 words

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: upload to Wattle

Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 10/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5

Research Essay

Essay topics are available on WATTLE. The essay should demonstrate skills you have developed over the semester and your ability to research, observe, analyse and construct arguments in relation to visual materials. Your essay must answer the question in the form of an argument.

Thorough iconographic and visual analysis of artworks, buildings, or objects should be the major source of evidence to support your argument. However, it is important to write a tight and informed argument, rather than a broad overview of a theme, so you should focus on a few key works in depth (rather than trying to cover an artist’s oeuvre or a whole period). Essays much be formatted in 12-point font, double-spaced. You must cite the sources of your ideas with footnotes, and a bibliography using Chicago Style: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html.

Assessment Rubric attached at the end of this document, and available on WATTLE.

Word limit (where applicable): 2,000 words

Value: 30%

Presentation requirements: upload to WATTLE

Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 07/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

Take-home visual analysis exam

You will be given one week to answer three questions framed around objects, images, buildings, and themes from the course. The first two of these questions will ask you to compare and contrast two specified works of art and/or architecture studied in the course. You will be required to answer these questions focusing on the object, image, or space crafting your response with detailed visual analysis to demonstrate the key skills of visual literacy that you have acquired over the previous weeks. The third question will ask you to address a theme or idea discussed in the course through the analysis of an artwork, building or monument of your choice. This exam is intended to test your skills of visual analysis. It is not a research exercise and does not require the scholarly apparatus of footnotes and bibliography. If, however, you do quote from another source then you should provide a footnote to indicate this.

This is an exam, so there will be no extensions granted and late submission will not be accepted.

Word limit (where applicable): 1500 words

Value: 30%

Presentation requirements: upload to WATTLE. The questions will be released through the course Wattle page

Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission

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), 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.

Students are expected to manage their assessment tasks across their different courses from the beginning of the semester and plan their time carefully to avoid the need to apply for extensions. Extensions will not be granted because a student has more than one assessment item due at the same time.

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

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 Christina Clarke

Research Interests

Early Modern Europe; design and decorative arts; material culture; metals

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Catherine Purnell

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