The Baroque ADED11447

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will explore the artists of the Baroque, the 17th century, and how they evaluated anew the art of the classical past producing works of great sophistication, exuberant theatricality and emotional intensity. Their work is to be seen at its best and fullest when it combines the arts of sculpture, painting and architecture in a single work. Among the chief exponents of the style are such luminaries as Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, all of whom will be discussed in detail and a host of others who made this one of the richest periods of European art.


Block 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 10.00-12.00


Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

■ Impart a broad knowledge of the major developments in sculpture, architecture and painting throughout the period of study.

■ Develop understanding of the social and religious upheavals which provoked these changes.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the methods employed by the artists for successful completion of the commissions awarded.

■ Interpret and discuss with confidence how the innovations and inventiveness of the great artists affected the work of their contemporaries.

■ Demonstrate an appreciation of the rich cross-fertilisation of ideas throughout Italy and Europe during this period.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits