DU2023 Seminar: European Eighteenth-century Art: New Approaches and Perspectives

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Pavel Suchánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Pavel Suchánek, Ph.D.
Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Mon 10:00–11:40 K31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 10 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 6/10, only registered: 0/10, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/10
Course objectives
The course is focused on the contemporary methodological approaches to the study of the eighteenth-century art and the key issues of its current research. Students will analyze and present selected works of art with respect to their artistic, social, cultural and political context and meanings. The aim of the course is to increase students' competence in the fields of practical application of methodology, conceptual and analytical thinking during work on research projects, and broadening knowledge of current research trends.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- identify the key current issues and topics of the eighteenth-century studies;
- identify, compare and describe current methodological approaches;
- analyse and interpret major developments in the 18th-century art and visual culture;
- develop and present written and oral arguments about his/her own research project.
  • The seminar will be structured around a series of panels focused on particular types of artworks and intertwined particular thematic questions.
  • Rococo visual culture
  • Portrait and identity
  • Empiricism and the culture of the "Sentiment"
  • Art, science, and philosophy in the Enlightenment
  • Art criticism, perception and the "period eye"
  • Gender and feminist perspectives
  • Visual culture of the Neoclassicism
  • Art and politics in the era of revolutions
  • Rococo echo : art, history and historiography from Cochin to Coppola. Edited by Melissa Lee Hyde - Katie Scott. Oxford: Voltaire foundation, 2014. xi, 397. ISBN 9780729411585. info
  • Rethinking the baroque. Edited by Helen Hills. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. xv, 243. ISBN 9780754666851. info
  • NAGINSKI, Erika. Sculpture and enlightenment. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2009. vii, 325. ISBN 9780892369591. info
  • SHERIFF, Mary D. Moved by love : inspired artists and deviant women in eighteenth-century France. Pbk. ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. xiii, 303. ISBN 9780226752877. info
  • HYDE, Melissa Lee. Making up the rococo : François Boucher and his critics. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2006. x, 255. ISBN 0892367431. info
  • MINOR, Vernon Hyde. The death of the baroque and the rhetoric of good taste. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. x, 196. ISBN 0521843413. info
  • Women, art and the politics of identity in eighteenth-century Europe. Edited by Melissa Lee Hyde - Jennifer D. Milam. Burlington: Ashgate, 2003. xviii, 310. ISBN 0754607100. info
  • POTTS, Alex. Flesh and the ideal : Winckelmann and the origins of art history. 1st pbk. ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000. vi, 294. ISBN 0300087365. info
  • SHERIFF, Mary D. The exceptional woman : Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and the cultural politics of art. Pbk. ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. xiv, 353. ISBN 0226752828. info
  • SCOTT, Katie. The rococo interior : decoration and social spaces in early eighteenth-century Paris. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. ix, 342. ISBN 0300045824. info
Teaching methods
homework, group projects, presentations, class discussion
Assessment methods
Students are required to write a case study and participate in a final group project, orally present their research and attend the class discussion.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.

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