Baroque Art in Polycentric Europe

Subject AHIS30003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours: 12 x 1-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour tutorial per week throughout semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 170-hours across the semester, including class time.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

670-344 Baroque Art in Polycentric Europe

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Miya Tokumitsu


Subject Overview:

This subject interrogates painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands in the 17th century. The artists on who most attention is focused include Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Annibale Carracci, Domenichino, Guido Reni, Bernini, Velazquz, Borromini, Rubens, Rembrandt and Poussin. 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 colour and chiaroscuro, theory, practice and the rise of academies, the representation of sexuality, interpretation/iconography, gender, biography and postmodern readings.

Learning Outcomes:

On 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;
  • developed critical and analytical skills appropriate to the study of the art of this period.

A seminar report of 1500 words 40% (due a week after it has been presented in class), and a take-home examination of 2500 words 60% (due in the examination period). This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • 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;
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Formerly available as 107-023/673-344 Baroque Art: Caravaggio to Bernini. Students who have completed 107-023 or 673-344 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 Point Master of Art Curatorship
Art History
Art History Major
European Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Art History
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Art History

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