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Unit Overview


This honours seminar examines how the representation and exhibition of bodies evolved in the modern era. From the illustration of anatomy to the academic study of the nude, this seminar explores how medical science and art reshaped the understanding and visualisation of the human form after the Enlightenment. In this pivotal moment, new visual technologies and populist philosophies transform human representation, and we will analyse how the increased accessibility and legibility of the body impacted its role in art. This unit treats the body as a subject, but also as a medium, and we will consider how bodily matter – cells, blood, bones, and flesh – have been depicted, manipulated, and displayed since the eighteenth century. Incorporating archival material, alongside object collections and curatorial displays, this seminar offers a rich survey of the human form across a variety of materials and representational practices.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in History of Art [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) apply research skills to develop concise, nuanced and original arguments appropriate to honours level; (2) present research findings in both oral and written form; and (3) analyse and apply curatorial techniques, material evidence, and textual sources.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessment; (2) research proposal; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Emily Brink
Unit rules
enrolment in
honours in History of Art
VISA4403 Studies in Art History 2
Advisable prior study
Students not completing HON-HYART History of Art may be eligible to complete this unit with the approval of the Honours Coordinator
Contact hours
3 hour seminar per fortnight
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.