Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Art in Europe: from Romanticism to Early Modernism 1800-1900
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 3 seminars
Workload Breakdown Taught sessions - 10 hours Seminars - 3 hours General reading - 15 hours Research and revision for the examination - 50 hours Research and writing for the research test - 15 hours Preparation for seminars - 7 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Research Test  Formative assessment: 500 word written research test to offer definitions of key art historical terms.   30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Examination  One 2-hour 'seen' examination (questions to be issued one week before the examination date).  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of key issues in European art and their wider cultural and social contexts in the period 1800-1900.

Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and theories, style labels, movements, critical texts and the historical contexts for the production of art.

Frane a response to questions and develop an argument in appropriate written material.

Demonstrate a sound knowledge of appropriate bibliographic and other research materials.


This module is Core for first year Art History students. It is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the European visual arts between 1800 and 1900 in their social, cultural and intellectual contexts.

Brief description

This module provides a comprehensive survey of Europen art and its social and cultural contexts from 1800-1900. It explores key issues in the visual arts and material culture within their wider cultural contexts and seeks to stimulate an understanding of a range of political, social and institutional forces, such as: challenges to academic institutions and traditions, the professionalization of the artist, the rise of a middle-class art market, the growth of industrial production and new transport and communication systems, the beginnings of a modern consumer culture, the influence of the popular press and the rise of art criticism in a Europe disrupted by war, popular uprisings and nationalistic movements.


10 hours of lectures, 3 hours of seminars

Typically, lectures will cover the following topics:

  1. Romanticism and Visual Culture in Europe: An Overview
  2. British Romantic Landscapes: Turner, Constable and their Contempories
  3. German Romanticism: Revivals and Innovations in Painting seminar
  4. French Romanticism: Painting and Culture
  5. The Birth of Photography in mid 19th-century France and Britain
  6. Realism and the Representation of the Everyday seminar
  7. Pre-Raphaelitism: Painting, Poetry, Criticism
  8. Impressionism and French Painting in the 1860s and 70s
  9. Industrializataion, Consumerism and the Arts in Victorian Britain seminar
  10. Symbolism and Late Impressionism in France and Belgium

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Taught (lectures and seminars) and in written assignments
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflecting upon the outcome of the earlier, shorter formative assessment to develop skills in the larger written assignment and through discussion in seminars.
Information Technology As above (2: Research Skills) particularly in the use of museum websites to research objects and images.
Personal Development and Career planning The module will highlight the importance of picture research, visual analysis and the development of professional writing skills stressing these as necessary for the development of a career as a professional art historian working in diverse areas of the discipline, such as museums, art galleries and universities.
Problem solving
Research skills The written assessments require effective use of library and internet facilities, in particular the use of image banks and museum websites.
Subject Specific Skills Visual literacy, visual and verbal analysis.
Team work Through group work for seminar readings.


This module is at CQFW Level 4