The age of revolution: art in Europe, 1750-1840

Lecturer: Greg M. Thomas

6 credits

This course examines the radical transformation in European art from the age of kings to the age of revolutions, c.1750-1840. Painting, sculpture, and printmaking will be discussed in relation to various historical developments, including the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the decline of aristocratic culture and Christianity; the rise of science, industry, and democracy; and the emergence of modern notions of nature, individuality, and primitivism. The movements of Neoclassicism and romanticism are treated in depth.

100% coursework

One 1000-level Fine Arts course


“The class content is well structured and organized. The handouts are very clear and helpful. The tutorial debates enhances the student’s engagement and understanding of the reading materials very effectively.”

FINE2026 student, 2017-2018

“This course allows me to dive into the political, social and cultural aspects of this period through artwork.”

FINE2026 student, 2017-2018

“The materials are very interesting. The debates are fun and prompt constructive discussion.”

FINE2026 student, 2017-2018

“Clear and organized.”

FINE2026 student, 2017-2018

“Able to gain understanding and an overview of art periods.”

FINE2026 student, 2017-2018