ARTH 686 (01) - Sex and Sensuality in 18th-Century Art

Sex & Sensuality in 18th-C Art

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Art History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 16210
European art of the "long" eighteenth century (1680-1815) experienced radical shifts in aesthetic, social, and political orientation: from the splendors of absolutism to the austere neoclassicism of revolutionary art. This course explores painting and sculpture (and works in other media) in relation to the development of a public sphere, the emergence of individualism, the invention of personal domestic comfort, the introduction of women to artistic power, the scientific revolution, and the birth of global consumer culture.
Equivalent(s): ARTS 686
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Susan Wager

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 MW 11:10am - 12:30pm PCAC A204
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This course explores European art from the reign of Louis XIV through the French Revolution—a period marked by the birth of modern ideas about individualism, the senses, liberty, love, sex, and the family. We will explore how these social and intellectual transformations were reflected in the subject matter and materiality of paintings and prints, and in the sensuous objects and furnishings that helped define the modern domestic interior as a space of comfort, convenience, privacy, and intimacy.