Module Information

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

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2000 word essay on key art historical terms  30%
Semester Assessment Research diary  10%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 hour seen examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment as above  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   as above  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

demonstrate a 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;

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; and

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


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

Brief description

This module provides a comprehensive survey of European art and its social and cultural contexts from 1800-1900. 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.


1) Romanticism and Visual Culture in Europe: An Overview
Workshop: Turner 'The Bay of Baiae' (1823)
2) British Romantic Landscapes: Turner, Constable and their contemporaries
Seminar 1 Carus/Constable writings on landscape painting
3) German Romanticism: Art, Politics, and Philosophy
Workshop: P.O. Runge 'Morning' (1808)
4) French Romanticism: Painting and Culture
Workshop: Gericault 'The Raft of the Medusa' (1819)
5) The Birth of Photography in Mid-Nineteenth century France and Britain
Seminar 2 Delacroix Journals
6) Realism and the Representation of the Everyday
Seminar 3 Courbet 'letter to Students';
7) Pre-Raphaelitism: Painting, Poetry, Criticism
Workshop: Millais 'Isabella' (1849)
8) Impressionism and French Painting in the 1860s and '70s
Seminar 4 Baudelaire 'The Painter of Modern Life' (1863) (extracts)
9) Industrialization, Consumerism and the Arts in Victorian Britain
Seminar 5 Ruskin 'The Opening of the Crystal Palace' (1854)
10) Symbolism and Late Impressionism in France & Belgium
Workshop: Gauguin 'After the Sermon' (1888)

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 progess 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 the essay (assessment 1), through res=vision and writing in response to the examination (assessment 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