AHT2530 - Neo-Baroque aesthetics: History and theory - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Dr Luke Morgan

Not offered in 2017


This unit was formerly coded TAD2530


This unit focuses on Neo-Baroque aesthetics in contemporary culture and their historical antecedents. The Baroque themes of spectacle, trompe l'oeil excess, and incorporeal experience will be examined with reference to the visual arts from Caravaggio to Borromini. The return of these preoccupations in contemporary art and media will also be explored. Key historical and theoretical topics, such as the status of illusionism and narrative in art, the representation of spirituality, sexuality and death, and the recent 'remediation'of earlier visual forms and ideas will be emphasized.


On the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the main characteristics of Baroque and Neo-Baroque visual culture.
  2. Understand the historical, cultural, and social contexts of Baroque and Neo-Baroque art and media.
  3. Understand key aesthetic and theoretical concepts in Baroque and Neo-Baroque visual culture
  4. Perform critical analyses of historical and contemporary works of visual art and architecture.
  5. Demonstrate their awareness of the historical and recent precedents for, and dimensions of, their own practice.


Assignment 1,500 words (40%)

Research essay 2,500 words (60%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent.

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Chief examiner(s)


12 credit points at first year level in Art History and Theory, or Theory of Art and Design, or Visual Culture, or permission from Unit Coordinator


VSA2530, VSA3530, TAD2530, TAD3530, AHT3530