• Class Number 7044
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Mark Shepheard
    • Mark Shepheard
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

Much twentieth century art, both modern and postmodern, is based on a knowledge of Old Master visual culture. This course will familiarise students with several key figures in the European tradition prior to the advent of modern art. It will focus on the aesthetics of both painting and sculpture, with more time given to visual than historic concerns. Where possible, readings of the work informed by recent theory (feminist, semiotic etc) will be considered.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque artists and their works.
  2. Understand some of the contexts in which Renaissance and Baroque artists worked, the influences on their practices and the developments they made that led to their consideration as masters.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to analyse and interpret works of art made during the fifteenth century, up to and including the seventeenth century.
  4. Present written and oral arguments about the work of Renaissance and Baroque artists.

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.

Additional Course Costs

Materials necessary for producing essays and tutorial presentations. 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).

Required Resources

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, 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 Introduction / The art of Florence and the north Italian courts in the fifteenth century.
2 Renaissance Patronage / The High Renaissance: Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo.
3 Renaissance Venice / Renaissance Italy and the wider world.
4 Artist Antiquarians / Renaissance Architecture.
5 The Art of Spectacle / Renaissance portraiture.
6 The Renaissance studiolo / The Kunstkammer. Bibliographic Exercise due Wednesday 1 September.
7 Mannerism, the Counter-Reformation, and the Carracci / The Bolognese School: Domenichino, Guido and Guercino.
8 Caravaggio and Caravaggism / Artemisia Gentileschi.
9 Guild, Workshop, Studio / Bernini and Baroque Rome.
10 Picturing Nature / Baroque beyond Italy.
11 The Status of the Artist / Art and the Academy. Research Essay due Wednesday 20 October.
12 Student presentations. Student presentations. Take-home exams due Wednesday 10 November.

Tutorial Registration

See tutorial information and registration on Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Bibliographic Exercise 25 % 01/09/2021 1,2,3,4
Research Essay 35 % 20/10/2021 1,2,3,4
Participation and student presentation 15 % 27/11/2021 1,2,3,4
Take-home visual analysis exam 25 % 10/11/2021 1,2,3,4

* 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


See Assessment Task 3 above.


See Assessment Task 4 above.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Bibliographic Exercise

This exercise is to complete a questionnaire that requires you to find information about one of the objects listed. The questionnaire will be made available to download via Wattle at the start of semester. It is designed to establish some research patterns which you will use in your subsequent research essays. It focuses on finding scholarly information about works of art that are in public collections, using a range of academic resources.

Note that all references should be set out according to the bibliography conventions of according to the Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html.

Your completed Bibliographic Exercise should be presented in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, in 12-point text, and submitted to Turnitin via the course Wattle site. 

Word limit (where applicable): 1000 words.

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: Upload to Wattle.

Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 20/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

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 the visual art of Renaissance and Baroque Europe. Your argument should be based on thorough iconographic and visual analysis of artworks, buildings, or objects. 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 that allows you to answer the research question in detail.

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 rubrics are available on WATTLE.

Word limit (where applicable): 2,000 words.

Value: 35%

Presentation requirements: Upload to WATTLE.

Estimated return date: 2 weeks after submission.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 27/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Participation and student presentation

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 presentation that you will put together in groups of two to four students. You will present a brief biography of a selected Renaissance or baroque artist and an overview of his or her principal works and the reason for their importance. You should also include information about contemporary evidence for that artist’s life and works.

Full presentation format requirements and assessment rubric are available via Wattle.

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 material and participation in the group presentation.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 10/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

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: 25%

Presentation requirements: Upload to WATTLE on Wednesday 10 November. The questions will be released through the course Wattle page on Wednesday 03 November.

Estimated return date: With the final grades for the course.

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).

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Research Interests

European art from c1400-1800, particularly Italian painting and architecture. Portraiture. Music and art. Music Iconography. The art of ancient Greece and Rome.

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