HART3276 Prints from Dürer to Toulouse-Lautrec

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
The introduction of prints on paper around 1400 is often cited as a media revolution comparable only to our own, recent transition into the digital age. Invented in China several centuries earlier, printmaking profoundly changed Western visual culture as low-cost, multiple-image prints permeated everyday life from card playing to personal devotion. Such was the significance of prints in the transmission of artistic and political ideas that they soon required regulation in the form of copyright or censorship. Within the larger context of Europe's emerging colonial and missionary ambitions, prints also communicated between 'centre' and 'periphery', with images of Christian saints being printed as far afield as Mexico and China and visual records of foreign costumes and customs streaming back into Europe. This unit examines the production and reception of prints both as exclusive, high art and as popular, low art. Particular focus is paid to the implications of their status as multiples, their impact on the dissemination of knowledge, and their role as agents in cultural exchange.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) distinguish between a variety of printmaking processes, their origins in China and Europe and international pathways along which technological developments travelled; (2) describe prints produced in Asia and Europe using appropriate specialist terminology; (3) actively participate in discussion and provoke debate; (4) integrate visual and aesthetic analyses of artworks into broader historical and theoretical arguments and identifying wider international trends, where appropriate; (5) formulate concise arguments based on a critical evaluation of appropriate secondary literature on the role of printmaking in shaping diverse cultural, aesthetic or political identities; and (6) demonstrate an understanding of the impact of printmaking on the global history of art.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessment; (2) research proposal; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Susanne Meurer
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
Incompatibility:
VISA2276 The Art of Printmaking: a Cultural History, HART2276 Prints from Dürer to Toulouse-Lautrec
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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