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Art and Architecture c.1700 to the Present Day

Instructor: Dr Ruth Cereceda

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A chronological survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in western culture from c.1700 to the present day. The art works will be studied at British galleries, museums and architectural monuments.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux, Winter 2020, Winter 2021.

EXCLUSION    No more than 9.0 units from ARTH 116/3.0; ARTH 117/3.0; ARTH 120/6.0.

The course is designed for first year students, but is also attractive as an elective to upper year students with backgrounds in the arts and humanities, science and engineering.

It is based on a mixture of classes interspersed with primary source visits to art galleries in London and Paris. The course traces the development of art and architecture with a focus on particular themes in art including the issues of sketch and finish, the relationship between art and politics, the emergence of the avant-garde, nude and gender debates and abstraction in the art and sculpture of the present day.

The Course begins with 18th Century art in England and France, David and Neo-Classical art in Revolutionary France, and the emergence of  Romanticism throughout Europe. The English Pre-Raphaelites are also explored in the context of mid-Victorian morality, and the French Impressionists and Post- Impressionists in relation to the rebuilding of Paris and images of modernity and urban alienation. For the second half of the term abstract art is debated from 20th Century Modernism to the Conceptual Art of the present day.  The architecture studied in class on the course includes the Palace of Versailles, and Post-Modern British architecture.

Learning outcomes

  • Students are expected to evaluate primary sources seen in the National Gallery London and on their field study in Paris, as well as paintings and sculptures from other major European and American Galleries seen in class and to recognize the difference in style, technique and facture.
  • This increased awareness of form, colour and texture is transferable to other arts disciplines as well, especially film, theatre and media studies that also have a strong visual component.
  • The aim of this course is to provide students with a cultural awareness and a critical basis from which they can build in future years.

Experiential learning opportunities

Past ELOs for this course have included two of the following: the National Gallery London, the Louvre Paris, the Musee D’Orsay Paris and Tate Modern.


The course is evaluated through two papers, predominantly based on primary source paintings, an end of term slide test and a 10% participation mark.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
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