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Experience the history of art through the lens of New York’s outstanding art collections. From antiquity to contemporary art, this course combines historical lectures with a close examination of works of art at museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Historical and aesthetic concepts introduced in lectures and readings will be grounded in discussions and in visual analyses of the artworks themselves. The course provides a framework for understanding the progression of styles in Western art and sharpens the student’s eye toward a nuanced appreciation of the materiality of art.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the progression of art history, recognizing continuity as well as disparity between different styles of art through the ages.
  • Hone their observation skills through close examination of numerous art objects, and develop appropriate vocabulary to describe their observations.
  • Draw links between their visual observations and contextual information gleaned from classroom lectures and related readings.

Webinar: Summer Study New York
Join us to learn about the Sotheby’s Institute of Art - Summer Study Program in New York. Our 2 and 4-week courses in art business, contemporary art, and art history provide privileged access to art venues and the expertise of professionals, in one of the great art capitals of the world. The webinar will include a presentation about the program, followed by a live Q&A.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Time: Monday - Friday: 2:30 PM - 5:00PM.
    Date: June 18 - 29, 2018 (2-week course).
    Venue: 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
  • Faculty


    Heather Cotter, Faculty, Summer Study, New York

    Heather Cotter is an art historian and museum educator with a long history of teaching in museums. She has worked at such prestigious institutions as the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently an educator at both the Museum of Modern Art and Dia: Beacon, where she lectures and teaches courses on modern and contemporary art topics. She is also an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Purchase and Westchester Community College where she teaches courses in art history and museum studies. Cotter holds an MEd in Art Education from Harvard University and an MA in Art History from Boston University.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt and Greece

    • The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

    • Medieval Art and Architecture

    • Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

    • Renaissance Art

    • Baroque and Rococo Art

    • Neoclassical and Romantic Art

    • Late 19th Century Art

    • The Birth of Modernism in the 20th Century Art

    • The New York Scene

    • Art Trends of the 21st Century

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  • Course Fees And Registration

    Course Fees And Registration

    $2,350 per 2-week course.
    One 2-week with one 4-week: $5,700.

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
    Email: or Request Information

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