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HA1011 Introduction to the History of European Art and Architecture 2

Module Organisers: Dr Philip McEvansoneya, Dr Peter Cherry, Dr Christine Casey, Dr Yvonne Scott, Dr Rachel Moss
Duration of the Module: Hilary Term
Contact Hours: 3 lectures and 1 seminar per week
Weighting: 10 ECTS

This module offers a survey of Western art and architecture from c.1520 to the present. It provides an introduction to the critical analysis of artworks, including painting, sculpture and building types. The module considers such matters as the iconography of major religious and mythological subjects, issues of style, the functions of works of art and architecture, as well as the range of technical methods employed by artists. Art works are considered in the context of influential factors such as historical period, geographic location, and the prevailing social, political and religious environments.


Assessment comprises course work and a summer examination. The summer examination consists of one 3-hour paper. Candidates are required to answer four questions, one of which is a compulsory photographic question which involves identifying and discussing selected works of art and architecture.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • outline the chronology and main evolutionary stages in European art and architecture between c.1520 and c.2000 AD
  • identify the major works of selected artists and architects during the period, their subject matter and key stylistic characteristics
  • discriminate between major building types and the design issues that arise in the different phases of European architecture
  • explain the typology and functions of visual art and imagery at key historical points over the period
  • employ correctly technical terminology relating to the practices of painting, sculpture, architecture and the graphic arts
  • comment informatively on illustrations, plans and elevations relating to buildings covered in the course
  • evaluate the materials, basic structural methods and processes of design and construction in selected examples of European architecture
  • draw on key scholarly texts relevant to the study of the period and to show a comprehension of such sources
  • search and retrieve information using appropriate methods, including use of the Library online catalogue, the location of written and visual sources, online databases and resources offered by public bodies and other third-level institutions
  • undertake informed and critical analysis of works art, and communicate their findings by means of written assignments and class presentations on works of art before their peers
  • demonstrate a familiarity with the public collections of art and key buildings in Dublin

Last updated 4 September 2014