Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Art in Europe 1: from Rococo to Romanticism, 1700-1800
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1000 word written reserach test (20%)  20%
Semester Assessment 2000 word illustrated essay (70%)  70%
Semester Assessment Research diary (10%)  10%
Supplementary Assessment As above, with different questions  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. demonstrate a knowledge of key issues in European art and their wider cultural and social contexts in the period 1700-1800;

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

3. frame a response to questions and develop a written argument on appropriate material in essay form;

4. demonstrate a sound knowledge of appropriate bibliographic and other research materials;

5. evidence basic research skills, library search skills, note-taking skills, word-processing and image research skills at an appropriate level.

Brief description

This module provides a comprehensive survey of European art and its social and cultural contexts from 1700-1800. It explores key issues in the visual arts and material culture within their intellectual and cultural settings and stimulates understanding of a range of cultural forces, such as: the end of the Ancien Regime in France, the rise of Academies in Europe, the beginnings of industralization, new patterns of patronage and collecting within a period dominated by the Enlightenment and revolutionary change. It aims to acquaint the student with the work of key artists, and histories of institutions, intellectual currents, styles and movements in the visual culture of Europe at the beginning of the modern period.


The module aims to introduce first year Art History (and Fine Art students who might take it) a comprehensive survey of European art and its social and cultural contexts from 1700-1800 as well as to encourage the development of communication and study skills.


1 [Lecture] Rococo and French art in the early eighteenth century
2 [Workshop/Work in focus] Fragonard 'The Swing' (c.1767)
3 [Lecture] The Enlightenment and culture: an overview
4 [Seminar 1] Diderot and art criticism: Chardin and Boucher
5 [Lecture] Hogarth: paint and print in early eighteenth century Britain
6 [Seminar 2] Hogarth 'The Line of Beauty'
7 [Lecture] Academies and Salons in Europe
8 [Workshop] The Academie Royale and the Royal Academy
9 [Lecture] History painting and the Grand Style
10 [Seminar 3] Reynolds Discourses (extracts)
11 [Lecture] David and Revolutionary art in France
12 [Workshop/Work in focus] David 'The Oath of the Horatii' (1784)
13 [Lecture] Reynolds, the portrait and the Royal Academy
14 [Workshop] Works in focus: Reynolds 'Mrs Siddons as the Tragic Muse' (1784) and 'Charles Stanhope, third Earl of Harrington, and a Servant' (1782)
15 [Lecture] Literary subject painting in the eighteenth century
16 [Seminar 4] Fuseli 'Titania and Bottom' (c.1790)
17 [Lecture] The Industrial Revolution and material culture in Britain
18 [Workshop/Work in focus] Joseph Wright of Derby 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' (1768)
19 [Lecture] Classicism and Romanticism
20 [Seminar 5] William Blake 'Songs of Innocence' / 'Songs of Experience'

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Lectures, seminars, workshops, note-taking, writing essays, keeping diary.
Improving own Learning and Performance Keeping Research Diary and reflecting upon progress and understanding.
Information Technology 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 Through research for the Research Diary, for both writing assessment 1 and 2.
Subject Specific Skills Visual literacy, visual and verbal analysis; the acquisition of specialist knowledge and skills.
Team work In workshop and seminar discussions both of which will employ small group work.


This module is at CQFW Level 4