Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Art of the Counter Reformation outside Italy

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION The study-unit deals with the historical evolution of the artistic expression of the Roman Catholic church in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries immediately after the Council of Trent. The development of Baroque outside Italy especially in Spain, France, Flanders and the Low Countries will be extensively discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this study-unit the student will be able to contextualise Baroque art outside Italy and the way it was affected by the religious movement within Christianity that gave a new dimension to the European socio-political situation.

Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Have a systematic understanding of the effects of the Catholic Reformation movement on the development Baroque art in and outside Italy.


By the end of this study-unit the student will be able to:

- Come to terms with the fact that religious and social realities have an important effect on the visual arts;
- Come into meaningful terms with the artistic repercussions provoked by the Protestant Reform and the Counter Reformation movement.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- E. Mâle, Religious Art, Princeton, 1982.
- J. Tomlinson, Painting in Spain – El Greco to Goya, Everyman Art Library, 1997.
- M. Westermann, The Art of the Dutch Republic 1585-1718, Everyman Art Library, 1996.
- M. A. Mullett, The Catholic Reformation, Routledge, 1999.
- G. Bazin, Baroque & Rococo, Thames & Hudson, 2002.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S John Baptist (Gino) Gauci

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