What is the course about?
Tumultuous French politics at the turn of the nineteenth century engendered array of paintings and sculptures celebrating and critiquing the rapidly changing power structure. This course will study the visual culture within the context of history, politics and propaganda, national identity, stylistic concerns and academic traditions. We will study the work of Jacques-Louis David and his students, and pieces by Goya and Canova that challenge the French perspective.
What will we cover?
• David’s styling of the French Revolution
• Napoleon’s battle scenes and portraits
• Artworks that criticise by Goya and Canova
• The influence of Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and the Academic tradition on propaganda.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss the historic and political contexts of French Revolution and Imperial art
- Describe the styles and genres of French Revolution and Imperial art
- Analyse the ‘political personality’ in French Revolution and Imperial art
- Evaluate the failings and successes of art as a tool of propaganda.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with short lectures, slides, and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details