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Baroque visual culture: From Caravaggio to Neo-Baroque 2A ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: John Gregory

Not offered in 2006.

Synopsis: This unit will address selected aspects of the Baroque aesthetic in both 17th/18th century and contemporary visual practice and theory. Emphasis will be given to key concepts including theatricality and excess, spectacle, sensation, and the intensification of emotional expression and response, and to central topics, especially religion, sexuality and death. Following substantial attention to major steps in the historical development from Caravaggio and Bernini to Rembrandt and Tiepolo, the focus will shift to the recent resurgance of "Neo-Baroque" in both traditional and new visual media, together with relevant theoretical responses.

Assessment: Seminar paper (1500 words): 25% + Visual test (1000 word equivalent): 25% + Essay (2500 words): 50%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: Any first year unit in Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or Cultural Studies

Prohibitions: VSA2530, VSA3530, TAD3530