AH10140 The Baroque to Romanticism: European Art, 1600-1850

Academic Year 2021/2022

AH10140 serves as an introduction to European art and architecture between 1600 and 1850. This was a period of extraordinary political, religious and social upheaval. These transformations, many of them inspired by Enlightenment principles, were reflected in the production and market for art. This is also a story of shifting artistic styles, from Baroque to Rococo to Neoclassicism to Romanticism. However, rather than looking at this period as primarily a succession of styles and pivotal artists, this module will take a more thematic and critical approach. Among the areas to be explored will be the rise of academies, the impact of the Counter Reformation, gender and art, and the emergence of new pictorial genres. No previous experience of art history is required. Taken together with AH10120, AH10130, and 10150, this module offers a complete survey of European art between Antiquity and the mid-twentieth century.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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

- recognise and account for the main stylistic developments in European art and architecture between 1600 and 1850;
- identify and explain those factors involved in shaping the role of the artist during the period covered by this module;
- demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of relevant critical sources;
- identify the works of key practitioners and their significance within the art of Europe between the Baroque and Romanticism
- explain how social, religious and political events impacted on the content and marketing of works of art
- explain how ideas from contemporary philosophy, science and literature influenced artists and architects

Indicative Module Content:

Baroque style; Art and the Counter Reformation; Art and Allegory; Baroque Architecture; Baroque Sculpture; Court Patronage; the Rise of Academies; Mercantile Art in the Dutch Republic; Portraiture; the Landscape Tradition; Female Artists; the Rise of the Painter-Etcher; Palladian Architecture; Neoclassical Sculpture and Architecture; the Grand Tour; Romanticism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, supplemented by tutorials. Tutorials will focus on issues that arise from lectures and will give students an opportunity to interact with a tutor in a small-group setting. Assessment will be by means of an essay or assignment and a slide test. The latter will assess factual knowledge of art works and buildings as well as wider contextual understanding of the society and conditions that produced them. The School places a lot of emphasis on first-hand contact with works of art and consequently some tutorials will take place in the National Gallery of Ireland. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH10060 - European Art 2, AH10070 - Dublin: Its Museums

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay Week 9 n/a Graded No


Class Test: End-of-semester slide test (to be held in the last lecture slot) Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Participation, engagement & attendance at tutorials Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

By making an e-mail appointment with the module co-ordinator, or by visiting him in his office during the weekly open hour, students will have an opportunity to discuss the detailed written feedback to their essay. This also applies to performance in the slide test.

Name Role
Ms Carla Briggs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Philip Cottrell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sean Leatherbury Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Conor Lucey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Emily Mark-Fitzgerald Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Lynda Mulvin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Rachel Healy Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Wed 16:00 - 16:50