Course Description for British Art: Hogarth to Hirst
British Art: Hogarth to Hirst
This course will provide an introduction to the art and architecture of Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day. The focus will be on developing an understanding of paintings, sculpture, and architecture in their historical contexts. We will examine portraiture, landscape painting, history painting, paintings of modern life, photography and contemporary art, with additional material on architecture and decorative arts. Themes to be developed throughout the course will include: the distinctive character of British art, patronage and collecting by individuals and museums, art as propaganda, the development of portraiture as an expression of identity, the importance of landscape painting, decoration and articulation of taste, and the contemporary art scene in Britain.