ARTH202-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Art and Revolution

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course explores how art and architecture were caught up in 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

University Graduate Attributes

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.


15 points at 100-level Art History and Theory and any 15 points from the BA Schedule

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 F3 Lecture Theatre (16/7)
James Logie 104 (23/7-20/8, 10/9-15/10)
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 141 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 239 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Rosie Ibbotson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reading journal 30% Three short written entries (500 words each)
Research essay 40% (2,000 words)
Examination 30% (2 hours)


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)

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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