Introduction to the Wallace Collection
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: OS - Off Site
Course Code: VB701
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Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The Wallace Collection is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms and armour, and porcelain. In this four-session course we look at how the different aspects of the collection reflect both the history of Western European art and also the tastes of its original owners in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. We will be looking at how changes in painting styles are reflected in the decorative arts and vice versa.
What will we cover?
We will focus on different aspects of the Wallace Collection each week, including:
- The history of the collection
- Renaissance paintings and Majolica
- Dutch Golden Age painting
- Arms and Armour
- Rococo - fine and decorative arts
- Neoclassical - fine and decorative arts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe how the Wallace Collection came into being
• List at least three Old Master paintings held by the Wallace and describe why they are considered important in the history of collecting
• List three characteristics of the Rococo style – used across the fine and decorative arts
• List three characteristics of the Neoclassical style – used across the fine and decorative arts
• Give an example of how the design of arms and armour reflects other decorative arts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught with a mixture of guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course. Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.
This course will be run in-person at the Wallace Collection and is subject to the venue’s visiting guidelines. In the unlikely event of any change to the venue’s guidelines due to Covid-19 and group visits are no longer possible, the course will be offered in an online format. In the event of any change to delivery you will be notified, and the course will remain subject to City Lit’s regular refunds and transfer policy.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace Collection.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.