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

Academic Year 2024/2025

*** Not available in the academic year indicated above ***

This course provides direct continuity with the autumn AH10120 Art of the Renaissance module (although it is not necessary to have completed this course). It acts as an introduction to European art and architecture between 1600 and 1850 - a period characterised by dramatic political, religious and social upheavals and the decline of the old European order. Such volatility is vividly reflected in the work of artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Hogarth, Goya and Turner - all of these figures, and many other relevant artists, are ably represented by works on display locally in the National Gallery of Ireland. As a result, through field trips and tutorials, students will be expected to visit the gallery in order to research their essays on exhibited works which reflect the shifting artistic styles of the period; from Baroque to Rococo, from Neoclassicism to Romanticism. 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. The module can be taken in isolation, and no previous experience of the subject is required, but taken together with AH10130, AH10120, AH10150, these four level one art history modules offer 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:

At the end of this module, students should be able to demonstrate the following:
- an ability to regularly and punctually attend classes, engage with their lecturers and tutors, work to set deadlines, and submit original, non-plagiarised work in accordance with the standards expected at university.
- familiarity with, and understanding of, a range of recommended set texts and critical/ theoretical sources relevant to the course, and be able to work under test/ exam conditions without reliance on lecture notes or other learning aids.
- an ability to recognise, discuss and explain the main stylistic developments in European art and architecture during the period 1600-1850.
- an ability to identify the works of key artists of relevance to the course and their significance within the history of art.
- an ability to explain how social, religious and political events impacted on the content and marketing of works of art.

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 will ordinarily take place twice a week and will be supplemented by fortnightly tutorials and/ or field trips. 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 written assignment and a final end-of-course exam. 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, with students also encouraged to visit the collection individually in order to apply what they have learned in class to works of experienced at first hand. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH10060 - European Art 2, AH10070 - Dublin: Its Museums, AH10270 - Introduction to European Art 2

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
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