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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Gregory


This unit will address selected aspects of the Baroque aesthetic in both 17th/18th Century and contemporary visual practice and theory. Emphasis will be given to key concepts including theatricality and excess, spectacle, sensation, and the intensification of emotional expression and response, and to central topics, especially religion, sexuality and death. Following substantial attention to major steps in the historical development from Caravaggio and Bernini to Rembrandt and Tiepolo, the focus will shift to the recent resurgance of "Neo-Baroque" in both traditional and new visual media, together with relevant theoretical responses.


Seminar paper (1500 words): 25%
Research paper (1000 words): 25%
Essay (2500 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

John Gregory

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


Must have passed 6 credit points in Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or Cultural Studies


VSA2530, VSA3530, TAD2530