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Unit information: Landscape (Level C Special Topic) in 2014/15

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Unit name Landscape (Level C Special Topic)
Unit code HART10208
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hunt
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

"Artists have always been fascinated by man's relationship to nature, depicting pastoral idylls, on the one hand, and wild untamed nature, on the other. Landscape art can be meticulously realistic, a result of a mapping instinct, as we see in some seventeenth-century Dutch art, or can be wildly imaginative, fantastical or exotic, such as that produced by artists as varied as Bosch or Friedrich. It can be the subject of a painting or the backdrop. It can inspire studies of light and colour, as in the work of the French Impressionists or German Expressionists. Landscape art has been used to project national consciousness or aspirations, from early modern Germany to nineteenth-century North America or Scandinavia. Landscapes can often be highly symbolic, aspects of which may represent good or evil, paradise or hell. Positive and negative representations may also be used to portray the impact of industrialisation or the devastation of war, as in artworks by J.M.W. Turner or Paul Nash. These are some of the issues we will be exploring in this unit, which will be thematically structured, and which will cover a wide geographical and chronological range."

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students should have:

  • deepened their understanding of current art historical study and research
  • learned how to work with both visual and textual sources
  • developed their skills in contributing to and learning from a small-group environment
  • an understanding of the range of landscape in western art and the ability to differentiate between the more significant traditions of the genre.

Teaching Information

  • Weekly 2-hour seminar
  • Tutorial feedback on essay
  • Access to tutorial consultation with unit tutor in office hours

Assessment Information

1 x 2 hour exam

Reading and References

  • S. Adams/A. Robins Gendering Landscape Art
  • S. Kemal/I. Gaskell Landscape, Natural Beauty and the Arts
  • S. Pugh Reading Landscape
  • M. Roskill The Language of Landscape
  • S. Schama Landscape and Memory
  • M. Warnke Political Landscape: The Art History of Nature