First Year Core Modules
HA1A2: Introduction to Art History: Classicism and the Arts of Christianity - taught in the Autumn term
This module is formed of a series of lectures and related seminars that address the intertwined themes of Classicism and Christianity. It will provide a historical survey of western art and concentrates on late antique, medieval and Renaissance art, periods with which our first year students are often unfamiliar. The lectures follow a broadly chronological sweep, while the related seminars will concentrate on issues of technique, terminology and iconography. The key aim of this module is to empower you with the ability to describe what you see – in terms of how an image or object is made, as well as its form and iconography. You will acquire a basic grasp of the essential areas which you will need to use as reference points for other modules in the degree.
HA1A1: Introduction to Art History: The Natural World and the Arts of Modernity - taught in the Spring term
Comprising a series of lectures and related seminars this module looks at the two themes of The Natural World and The Arts of Modernity. It will provide you with a historical survey of western art which - instead of adopting a conventional chronological approach - employs a thematic one which encourages stimulating cross-comparisons across time and space. The module will introduce you to the broad spectrum of images, ideas and approaches which the history of art comprises. You will acquire a basic grasp of the essential areas which you will need to use as reference points for other modules in the degree.
Second Year Long View Modules
HA2E5: Art and Disruption, 1900 - Today - taught in the Autumn Term
An overview of the multiple ways in which modernity has been interpreted and has developed in artistic practices across the world, from the early twentieth century to the present. Adopting a comparative approach to the diversity of global artistic cultures, the module examines the plurality of diverse 'modernisms' and 'contemporaneities' both within and beyond the dominant 'centres' of the art world in Western Europe and North America (such as Paris, New York, London and Berlin). In doing so, the module will ask such questions as: how have modern artists imagined other cultures since the early twentieth century? How does art translate across international borders? How has art been mobilised as a form of cultural diplomacy or 'soft power'? How have modern and contemporary artists resisted cultural and political imperialism? How 'global' were key movements such as Pop Art and Conceptual Art? Does 'global art' mean the same thing everywhere nowadays? What does it mean for art to be 'contemporary'?
HA2F1: The Renaissance: North and South - taught in the Autumn Term
This module focuses on the movement of art and artists between Italy (especially but not exclusively Florence) and the Low Countries and Germany from c. 1430 – 1580. Students will consider a variety of products such as oil paintings, tapestries, marble sculptures, caskets of parquetry inlaid with bone from Venice and the factors behind exchanges, trade and gifts. The major Northern and Southern courts under discussion are those of the Burgundian Netherlands, the German Empire, and the Medici, and artists studied may include the van Eyck brothers, Hugo van der Goes, Matthias Grunewald, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo and Raphael.