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This class focuses on artistic encounters between European cultures and other world cultures between about 1300 and 1650. The goal is to place the art and culture of Europe into an expanded geopolitical sphere, and to explore particularly important and representative moments within the larger exchange of people, objects, ideas, and materials in the early-modern period. Readings will be drawn from both period sources and contemporary art history; and tutorials will focus whenever possible on objects in University and Melbourne collections.
Intended learning outcomes
In this subject students should:
- Become familiar with major issues and objects in the study of cross-cultural artistic exchange in art history as a discipline and within the early-modern period
- Learn to give feedback on others' ideas and expression through the workshopping of written work
- Examine and evaluate how contact between artists and cultures created new and hybrid art forms, and develop a conceptual framework for analysing those forms
- Understand how materials and technologies of art were affected by travel and trade
- Gain a deeper understanding of basic shared themes in early-modern art, including a changing relation to the past in China and Italy, a search for new world audiences and new technologies in Benin and New Spain, or the engagement with violence and eroticism in Japan and France.
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- Analyse and evaluate a variety of texts, images, objects, and materials
- Participate in discussion and group activities and increase their creative and critical skills through workshopping and collaboration
- Independently devise and articulate research and ideas in both verbal and written modes.
Last updated: 20 February 2024