This course gives an overview of the main artistic movements that occurred throughout Europe between 1400 and 2000 that not only defined how art was produced but provided the lasting imagery behind Europe’s most influential rulers – royal, religious and republican – as well as the philosophies upon which their rule depended.
These movements also recall the changes in social mores that were necessary for societies to endure and provided the mechanism through which the technological advances of each age were manifested and proclaimed.
Their evolving styles and ever- changing subject matter provided a visual record of each nation’s cultural aspirations ensuring the survival of these images as important social documents in their own right.
Importantly these movements chart the long and challenging journeys that were undergone by various groups of artists throughout the past 600 years of art history, whereby the cold place generally occupied by anonymous medieval craftsmen was replaced by a hotbed of renowned celebrity artists which ensured their fame and longevity would long outlive them in today’s modern world.
Week 1 – The Story of the Renaissance – Magnificence and Display in Italy
Week 2 – Painting the Ordinary and the Everyday of the Dutch Golden Age.
Week 3 – Revealing Facades – A glimpse behind the Royal Heads of England, France and Spain.
Week 4 –Revolutions! Art and Society in 19th century France.
Week 5 –Modernism – how America finally overcame Europe
Week 6 – The Paintings that Rocked the World and Changed Art
Rosemarie Devereux is a freelance art historian from Greystones.
She recently attended UCD as a mature student from where she graduated with a BA Hons in Irish Studies and Art History and a Masters in ‘Irish Visual Culture 1885-1915’. After graduating she become a volunteer in the NGI and published two articles in the Irish Arts Review. Between 2017 and 2019 she was the facilitator for the Irish Studies in Painting module for 2nd Year Art History students in UCD. Since late 2018 up to March 2020 she ran a series of private Irish art history courses in the National Gallery as well as a course on Irish Art and History in the Whale Theatre. She has recently been accepted onto the tour guide panel of the National Gallery. This autumn she will be giving a new course on European art history to be held in the Whale Theatre as well as a repeat of last year’s Irish art history course. Both are due to begin in October 2020.