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The theme of art and body is a very broad theme that cuts across disciplines and art movements. This module looks at art and theory relating to figure painting;  the terms 'figurative' and 'figural' art; portraiture and 'corporeal' art.  The module falls in three parts: Part 1 provides an understanding of the different terminologies relating to art and the body. Part 2 looks at body and identity, portraiture and self-portraiture. Part 3 is concerned with corporeality in art.




Target Audience: Art lovers or artists who want to understand the history and characteristics of figure painting, figurative and figural art, portraiture, as well as corporeality in art.




The Applied Art History Short Course includes ​FIVE Modules. There is an Assignment for every Module but they are not compulsory. 




Recognition: Certificate of Completion on completion of all 5 modules in this Short Course plus the assignments.




Course Duration:  It is difficult to determine how long it will take you to complete the course. If you visit all the web links it will take about 6 hours to read through the module.  This Module also has an assignment to complete, which takes a variable amount on time.




Language: English



4.1 CAP Module in Art & Body, R600

  • What you will learn:

    You will gain an understanding of figure painting in art, with its associated terminologies.

    You will be able to distinguish different forms of rendering of the human body in art.

    You will acquire thematic insight into the history of figure painting and other expressions of art and the body.

    You will be able to bring contemporary corporeality in art in context with historical approaches to the body.

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