Art history

Our art history programme is growing. We have expanded our architecture provision and our focus beyond western art to include Islamic art, Japanese art and the art of the Near East. There are courses on curation for aspiring practitioners and a host of other art history courses on subjects as diverse as the history of fashion, comic books, urban art and artists' books that can be taken alone, or to complement surveys of periods. You can also study the history of photography, design, video and sound art. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
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  1. Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period. Can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Looking at paintings'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. The art and culture of 18th century London: part 2

    Course Date: Thu 2 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the art and culture of the 18th century through the Georgians, the age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Featured artists, designers and architects include Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Kent and Adam.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. The art and culture of the Victorians

    Course Date: Thu 13 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the fascinating world of the Victorians and their legacy, exploring fine art, design, architecture, and literature through gallery visits.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. The Bloomsbury Group weekend

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    They lived in squares and loved in triangles. Discover the complex world of the Bloomsbury Group, British modernists, through the work of key figures like Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, and Duncan Grant.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. The Dutch and Flemish Golden Age

    Course Date: Tue 6 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the grandeur of Rubens to the soul-searching of Rembrandt, we explore the many masters of one of the most influential eras of artistic production, in a region of tremendous diversity and innovation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. The history and meaning of portraiture

    Course Date: Mon 13 Feb 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the changing face of the portrait in art history from the early Renaissance to the present. Look at how and why its meaning and function have changed over the years and why artists are still drawn to it despite photography.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. The history of Western art in 100 paintings

    Course Date: Wed 28 Sep 2016
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A chronological introduction to Western art from c.1250 to the present day, taught entirely through visits to London’s galleries.
    Full fee: £659.00
    Senior fee: £527.00
    Concession: £402.00

  8. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century

    Course Date: Thu 18 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    After nearly 200 years of isolation, Japanese goods began to arrive in Europe from 1854. What was the influence of Japanese art, style and aesthetics on Western culture? Explore the art of ‘Japonism’ in Impressionism and the Aesthetic movement.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. The mirror of nature: art and culture in the 17th century

    The mirror of nature: art and culture in the 17th century

    Course Date: Tue 14 Feb 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 17th century produced some of the greatest artists of all time: Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Bernini to name a few. Explore the work of these key artists and understand the history, styles and ideas that shaped the century. Tutor: Leslie Primo. #arthistory #arthistorymatters #Rubens #Rembrandt #Velazquez #baroqueart.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. The Templars, Temple Church, and St. Bartholomews

    Course Date: Fri 12 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the foundation, architecture, and history of Temple Church and infamous military order, the Order of the Knights Templar. Then visit The Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great - London's oldest surviving church.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  12. Victorian architecture in London: a clash of old and new

    Course Date: Sat 10 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eclecticism defines 19th-century architecture. This course will look at key styles including neo-classical, gothic revival, early modernism and those rooted in design reforms, such as the arts and crafts movement. Tutor: Rachel Sanders.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. What makes a masterpiece

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at works in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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