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Painting and Sculpture in 17th Century Europe

This module examines painting and sculpture at European courts in the seventeenth century, paying particular attention to works produced in papal Rome and the courts of Brussels, London, Madrid and Paris. The relationship of artists and their patrons is examined. The development and function of religious art in a Counter-Reformation context is studied in depth in the work of such artists as Caravaggio, Bernini and Rubens. Also included is a detailed account of evolving stylistic debates around the values of classicism during the period. The use of portraiture and mythology in the projection of courtly and royal ideals will be analyzed through the works of Velasquez, among others. Close attention will be paid to the rise of secular art in the seventeenth century in the form of genre, still life, and landscape painting.

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 13th January. You may register and pay by credit/Visa debit card online at after 16th August or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


EUR 150 / Concession EUR 75. The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

This is a daytime course. Please check our website after 16th August for update or text INFO followed by your name and address to 087 257 2016.


This lecture-only module comprises two lectures per week over one twelve-week term. Commencing week beginning Monday 16 January 2017. There is a one week break, (27 February – 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.