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This subject interrogates painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands in the 17th century. It will cover the art of Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Diego Velàzquez, and Nicolas Poussin, among many others. This subject aims to give an introduction to the main issues to be found in the art historical literature on these artists, and so the subject deals with a wide range of questions and themes. These include theory, practice and the rise of academies, the representation of sexuality, interpretation/iconography, gender, and biography.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of the subject, students should have:
- an understanding of the contexts in which 17th century Baroque art was produced across Europe in many centres;
- a broad understanding of the technical and stylistic achievements of the major practitioners of the Baroque period; and
- developed critical and analytical skills appropriate to the study of the art of this period.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
- be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
- be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Last updated: 16 May 2020