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Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe

Spring 2015


The Course

    An introduction to the art of Western Europe in the 17th century. Examples of painting, sculpture, architecture, and printmaking produced in Italy, France, Flanders, Spain, France, the Dutch Republic, and England between 1590 and 1700 will be examined in detail.

Meeting Place and Time

  • Pannell 015: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:15

Required Texts

    Ann Sutherland Harris
    Seventeenth-Century Art & Architecture
    Second edition
    (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2008)

    Available in the SBC Book Shop

    Or, you can purchase a new or used copy online through or wherever you can get a good price.

Course Requirements

  • Attendance and preparation
  • TWO In-class Presentations and Written Reports
    • Select one image by an artist in the selected group
    • Describe and analyse the image and discuss in terms of historical context and stylistic choices
    • The aim and purpose of your presentation is to provide information, analysis, explanation, clarification that goes beyond whatever Harris may offer in the textbook
    • Provide a bibliography listing books, articles, and Internet sources used/accessed
    • Include pertinent illustrations
    • In-class Presentation approximately 15 to 20 minutes
    • Written Report 5 to 7 pages, plus bibliography
    • Written Report handed in on day of presentation
  • ONE Research Paper
    • Select a Research Paper theme topic from the list provided below
    • Pick 3 to 4 examples (you can select all your examples from among those listed, or you can pick one or two and add other examples of your own choosing)
    • Write a comparative descriptive analysis and discuss the "theme" as it is treated within at least two different European cultures (7 to 9 pages, plus a bibliography listing books, articles, and Internet sources)
    • Begin research with your textbook and continue using books and articles in the library as well as online resources. Use footnotes to acknowledge the sources of your information
    • DUE MAY 5


  • Each Report and Presentation = 30%
  • Research Paper = 40%