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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Luke Morgan


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.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Luke Morgan

Contact hours

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


Must have passed 6 credit points in Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or Cultural Studies


VSA2530, VSA3530, TAD3530