The art and culture of 17th century London, part II
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Off Site
This course has now finished
What is the course about?
The 17th Century was a time of upheaval in Europe; changes of royal fortunes in Britain, inter-continental trade and the religious split between northern and southern Europe manifesting in a wide range of artistic styles. Each week will focus on a different aspect of seventeenth century art and culture. Key artists, architects and designers will be introduced and their works placed in a cultural and social context.
In Part One of this two-part course focus is on London under the early Stuarts (1603-1649). We will look at a range of collections in a variety of London venues that exemplify the art, architecture and decorative arts of the times, including the flamboyant style of the Baroque in contrast to the Dutch Golden Age, the impact of the east on the decorative arts and the changing architecture of London before and after the Great Fire.
In Part Two of this two-part course focus is on London during The Restoration period (1660-1714). We will look at a range of collections in a variety of London venues that exemplify the art, architecture and decorative arts of the times, including the flamboyant style of the Baroque in contrast to the Dutch Golden Age, the impact of the east on the decorative arts and the changing architecture of London before and after the Great Fire.
Museums visited in Part Two include: The National Gallery, the Museum of London, Ham House and the British Museum.
What will we cover?
• The historical, religious and political background to seventeenth century art and design
• The different styles of seventeenth century art and design and their key features
• The main artists of each style
• How the art and design of the seventeenth century relates to its context, place of origin and audience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise different styles and types of seventeenth-century art and design
• Describe seventeenth-century art and design and express an informed personal response
• Understand key aspects of seventeenth-century history and culture and their relationship with creative practice
• Discuss seventeenth century art with greater confidence.
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, handouts 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.
Museum courses take place during public access hours. Tutors are not able to control sound levels or behaviours of visitors outside of the course group. Unless you are a wheelchair user, and have confirmed access details with us (as levels of access can vary between galleries), you will need to be able to walk between exhibits and stand for some time while looking at them (you may bring your own portable stool if you have one, but we cannot guarantee access to any gallery stools.) If you feel you may be impacted by these environmental variations, please inform the department on firstname.lastname@example.org before the course begins, to discuss reasonable accommodations we can make to assist your learning in the museum space.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There may be entrance fees for some venues, up to, but not exceeding £13.
Please note: we are unable to guarantee seats on gallery visits so you may have to stand and to walk between exhibits. You might like to invest in a lightweight portable seat.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VB665 The art and culture of 17th century London, Part I
VB181 - The art and culture of 18th century London
VB220 - The art and culture of the Victorians.
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.