Eighteenth-Century European Art and Architecture

Eighteenth-Century European Art and Architecture
An advanced survey of the culture and context of the production of art, architecture, and garden design in the European 18th century.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesARTHC 202
 ProgramsContaining ARTHC 337
Course Outcomes


Students will be able to articulate the characteristics of the styles, processes, and ideologies and philosophies of key artists and movements, including Late Baroque, Neo-Palladianism, Rococo, Enlightenment and moralizing themes, and the naturalism that predicts the beginnings of Romanticism and Neoclassicism.


Students will situate their informed, original ideas within the best art historical publications on their subject.

Precedent and Influence

Students will become conversant with selected works of art in terms of style, patronage, reception, and meaning of individual works of art and the artists or movements that spawned them. They will be able to trace the trajectory of future influence of key works of art from this period.


Students will develop art historical research skills by conducting advanced research focused on a single work of art within eighteenth-century Europe including Britain, France, the Empire, the Low Countries, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia and Russia.

Scope: 1700-1789

1. Students will acquire a solid foundation in the historical context of the art and architecture of Europe from ca. 1700-1789.


Students will apply methodological approaches acquired in ArtHC 300 to their topic.


Students will demonstrate familiarity with advanced research skills and best research practices as taught by the course professor and supported the HBLL Art History research guides. Students will apply the formatting of an acceptable style guide with exactness to the completed research paper.