Art history

Our art history programme includes western art, 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. Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Behind every great Renaissance painting is an equally astounding, some would say greater, Renaissance drawing. Indeed artists were judged firstly not by the quality of their paintings but by their grasp of, and skill in, drawing. Discover more about why and how great Renaissance works were created.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. Late at Tate and National Gallery

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Enjoy the evening ambience while you explore and discuss key art works and compare and contrast collections at our most famous London galleries: Tate Modern and the National Gallery.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    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

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

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    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

  5. Focus on: Michelangelo

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Artist, architect, and poet, the Florentine sculptor Michelangelo changed the face of Rome in the early 16th century becoming art’s first ‘superstar’. We look at his patrons, his sources and some of his major works. #arthistory #weekendcourse #renaissance #michelangelo.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Discovering the art and architecture of London's churches

    Course Date: Tue 15 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. A grand day out: Winchester Cathedral

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Winchester Cathedral is one of the most magnificent churches in the country, and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Discover the cathedral and its treasures during this one-day, location-based course. Transport costs not included.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Shock of the new: post-modern architecture in London

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London’s recent building boom has foregrounded discussions about architectural style, but postmodernism has been practiced in the capital for more than forty years. This course will look at the style’s variety through key examples.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Focus on: iconography

    Course Date: Sun 20 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings in medieval and Renaissance art. Tutor: Leslie Prismo.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Women in art 1800-1900

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    During the 19th century, female painters and sculptors gained greater prominence, although a career in art was still challenging for women artists. In this course we examine their work and how such progress was achieved. #womeninart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. In depth: revolutionary art in the 20th century

    Course Date: Tue 5 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an in-depth look at the impact of technological, social and political revolutions in the 20th century, and the creation of modern art.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  12. Art and the politics of memory

    Course Date: Tue 5 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have artists since 1960 engaged with the recent history and memory of political conflict? What role have artists had in remembering a difficult or traumatic past? What are the connections between memory and national identity in their work? #arthistory #eveningcourse #contemporaryart.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. The Dutch and Flemish Golden Age

    Course Date: Wed 6 Jun 2018
    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

  14. Introduction to the Wallace Collection

    Course Date: Thu 7 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection, looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour. This course is gallery based. #wallacecollection #arthistory.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  15. Asian art: India and Middle East

    Course Date: Thu 7 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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