Art History Courses in London

Are you interested in art history and how to interpret art? Then why not browse our range of art history courses and choose from introductory courses, or explore further into practices, debates and discover the work of some of the greatest artists of all time. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available at our main learning centre in London's cultural heart - Covent Garden.

Contact us to find out more about art history - call 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm or email visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. Study trip: Naples and Caravaggio

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join us to explore Naples, Italy’s most vibrant city. This three-day tour with an expert art historian will reveal another dimension to Caravaggio’s practice, showing you some stunning baroque artworks and architecture. Maximum 12 places. Please note: This course is now confirmed and is excluded from our normal refund and transfer policy.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £449.00
    Concession: £449.00

  2. Introduction to Tate Modern

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern to contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. Friday Lates: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. Focus on: the art of Siena

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The golden panels of the Sienese masters are immediately identifiable but why was their work so different? Today we explore the art of Siena, its world, its symbolism and how it was made.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures - Isabelle d'Este

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Artistic Synergies between Europe and the East from the Renaissance to the 19th Century

    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exploration of five centuries of trade and cultural exchange between the Islamic East and Europe, looking at their impacts on the arts, sciences, scholarship, taste and technology.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Spanish art in the shadow of Franco (1936-2000)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of Spanish art from Picasso’s 1937 'Guernica' to the installations of Juan Muñoz in the 1980s and 1990s. We will focus on key episodes highlighting General Franco’s impact on Spanish art 1936-2000.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Friday lates: Titian and the business of art

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Titian dominated the art of Venice for a large part of the 16th century, but how did he did he also become one of the most successful artists across Europe, selling originals and studio copies to kings and princes across the continent?
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Focus on: Velazquez

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Wikimedia commons - ujhar Singh Bundela Kneels in Submission to Shah Jahan, signed Bichitr, c. 1630, Chester Beatty Library

    Focus on: Mughal court fashion in the 16th and 17th centuries

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the distinctive sartorial identity of court attire under the early Mughal emperors of India, and its development from a fusion of Central Asian, Iranian and Indian traditions in textiles and dress.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Friday lates: female Surrealists in London

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the occult to the abstract, explore the art London-based, female surrealists and their unique contributions to one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  12. Art history taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session!
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  13. Friday lates: Islamic art at the British Museum

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Take a Friday evening to explore the British Museum’s newly refurbished Islamic galleries and learn the stories behind one of the world’s great collections of Islamic art.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  14. From Royalty to Revolution: Russian Art study day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the fascinating world of Russian art from nineteenth century academicians and rebels to the art of the avant-garde at Pushkin House. Discover the links with art of the west and the emergence of a uniquely Russian aesthetic.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Focus on: Michelangelo

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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