This course will examine the history of art collecting and collections from their origins in temple treasuries, through the private collections of the mediaeval worlds of Europe and Asia, to the role of patrons and princes, past and present in the establishment of art collections and policies. The impact of world exploration and empire on the development of collections and the evolution of public collections are major themes. In addition, contemporary issues regarding collection development will be addressed. The impact of social, political and ethical environments on museum collecting, display and documentation will be explored with particular reference to Australian collections.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- outline and present orally and in written form major themes of collecting history;
- use electronic resources to find and share information regarding international laws relating to cultural heritage, and discuss their impact on collecting;
- interpret commentary, written and oral, related to art collecting internationally;
- describe contemporary factors affecting art collection development; and
- undertake independent research and critically review specialised literature.
- 4000 word seminar presentation based on a topic from Weeks 2-7 (45) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- 4000 word seminar presentation based on a topic from Weeks 8-13 (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 2,3,4]
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260 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) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingJournal of the History of Collections (available as electronic full-text journal through the ANU library).
There is no specific assumed knowledge for this course though students are expected to have some basic research skills.
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