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3000 years of European Arts and Architecture: 1500 - Today

Course Times & Enrolment

Wednesdays from 20th May 2020 (Code AA248-301) Wednesdays from
20th May 2020 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (5 classes)
Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Guillaume Evrard
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Course Summary

From Michelangelo carving his monumental David to Tracey Emin making patchwork in a pop-up tent, these 500 years of European arts and architecture are arguably the most inspiring and stimulating of all. From neo-classical principles to avant-garde disruptions, more than ever, creators present us with a thought-provoking mirror of our time, or do they?

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Content of Course

1. 1500-1600, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Cranach, Holbein, Pontormo, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Palladio, Bramante.

2. 1600-1700, Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Hals, Vermeer, Velasquez, La Tour, Poussin, Le Brun, Le Nôtre, Bernini, Borromini, Vauban, Wren.

3. 1700-1800, Canaletto, Bellotto, Piranesi, Panini, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze, Hogarth, Gainsborough, David, Fisher von Erlach, Vanvitelli.

4. 1800-1900, Goya, Géricault, Ingres, Delacroix, Friedrich, Courbet, Pugin, Monet, Rodin, Repin, Whistler, MacIntosh, Horta.

5. 1900-now, Picasso, Duchamp, Moore, Hepworth, Albers, Orlan, Richard Long, Abramovic, Tracey Emin, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Rogers, Botta.

Teaching method(s)

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Conduct a methodical analysis of artworks;

  • Recognise and describe the work of various European styles and creators;

  • Discuss broad trends in the history of European arts between 1500 and the present day.


Core Readings

Please discuss these with your tutor if you are considering purchasing a book:

  • Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art. Rev. 7th., London: Laurence King.

  • Scott, H. M, 2015. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750. Volume 1, Peoples and Place, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Scott, H.M., 2015. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750. Volume 2, Cultures and Power, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Broadberry, S. & O'Rourke, K.H., 2010. The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe. Volume 1, 1700–1870. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Broadberry, S., O'Rourke, K.H. & Broadberry, S. N, 2010. The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe. Volume 2, 1870 to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Williams, R., 2009. Art Theory: An Historical Introduction. 2nd edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Edwards, S. ed., 1999. Art and its Histories: A Reader. London: Open University/Yale University Press.

  • Stangos, N. ed., 1988. Concepts of Modern Art. London: Thames and Hudson.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.