History of Art 7: Late Baroque to Rococo 1640-1800
The Age of Enlightenment, c1640-1800, was an intellectual movement characterised by belief in progress, egalitarianism and the primacy of reason – ideals almost defining western liberal society. Our look at late Baroque and Rococo art, architecture and design takes in the severe grandeur of Wren and Hawksmoor, dreamy escapism of Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, and the varied – sometimes very dark – ‘realism’ of Canaletto, Hogarth, Chardin, Stubbs, Gainsborough, Messerschmidt and Goya. Discussions are supported by slides and online recordings.
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Dr John Nixon, BA (Hons) DPhil
‘I have enjoyed delivering Lifelong Learning courses at Stranmillis since 2013. I have also taught and examined History of Art from A-level (as Chief Examiner for some 24 years) up to and including doctoral level.’