Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials
Workload Breakdown General reading - 20 hours Research and writing for essay - 40 hours Research and writing for research test - 20 hours Preparation for seminars - 7 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

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 1700-1800
Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and theories, style labels, movements, critical texts and the historical contexts for the production of art.

Frame a response to questions and develop a written argument on appropriate material in essay form
Demonstrate a sound knowledge of appropriate bibliographic and other research materials


As a core for first year Art History students, this module is designed to provide a comprehensive survey of European art and its social and cultural contexts from 1700-1800.

Brief description

This module provides a comprehensive suvey 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 industrialization, 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.


10 hours of lectures and 3 hours of seminars

Typically, lectures will cover the following topics:

  1. Rococo and French Art in the Early 18th century
  2. Hogarth: Paint and Print in Early 18th-century Britain
  3. The Englightenment and Culture: An Overview Seminar
  4. Academies and Salons in Europe
  5. History Painting and the Grand Style
  6. David and Revolutionary Art in France Seminar
  7. Reynolds, the Portrait and the Royal Academy
  8. The Sublime and the Beautiful: 18th-century Landscape Painting and Theory in Britain
  9. The Industrial Revolution and Material Culture in Britain Seminar
  10. Blake and his Contemporaries: Romanticism and Classicism

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Taught (in 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 for picture research.
Subject Specific Skills Visual literacy, visual and verbal analysis.
Team work Through group work for seminar readings.


This module is at CQFW Level 4