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This course explores the relationship between art and a particularly eventful and transformative period in European history, from c.1750 to c.1850.
This course examines the art and architecture of Western Europe (chiefly France and Britain) from c.1750 to c.1850. During this period, a series of major scientific, political, social, and economic changes – including the American and French revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, the emergence of consumer society, and the expansion of geographical knowledge – laid the foundations for ‘modernity’ in Europe, and in the process transformed the visual arts. Topics to be covered include the exploration of the Pacific and its impact on contemporary European art; the ‘rediscovery’ of ancient Greece; the emergence of Neo-classicism; the creation of the landscape garden; developments in city planning; the impact of science and industry on the arts; the rise of public exhibitions and the art museum; the impact of the Romantic movement.
This course is designed to help participants develop: + a sound understanding of key themes in French and British art and architecture of this period+ a more inclusive view of the contexts that affect art and architecture+ an ability to consider art and architecture in socio-political context, and to recognize their active role in shaping this + a capacity for critical and interdisciplinary thinking+ strong visual literacy skills
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Any 15 points at 100 level from ARTH, or60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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There are no ‘textbooks’ as such, nor is it a requirement to purchase all (or any) of the books listed below; however, you will find these very useful throughout the course: + Barry Bergdoll, European Architecture, 1750-1890 (Oxford: 2000)+ David Brown, Romanticism (London: 2001)+ Matthew Craske, Art in Europe, 1700-1830 (Oxford: 1997)+ David Irwin, Neo-classicism (London: 1997) + William Vaughan, Romanticism and art (London: 1994)+ William Vaughan, British painting: the golden age (London: 1999)
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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