Beginning with the artistic revolution ignited by Caravaggio, the "rock star" of Western art history, this eight-session course explores techniques, culture, and innovation in Europe between the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. Participants engage with themes ranging from Rembrandt’s poetic naturalism in the Dutch Golden Age to expressions of royal and religious power during the Baroque, and from Rococo frivolity in Louis XV’s France to the genius of Turner in pre-Victorian England. Radical new ideas such as Neoclassicism and Romanticism are explored alongside the shifting nature of the art market in cities such as London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with prior knowledge looking to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Western Art in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries.
This course includes:
- Certificate of participation upon completion of the course
- Three eight-week terms, with a half-term break during each term
- Two lectures with time for questions and discussions each week
- Guided visits to London-based collections
- "Hands on" workshops and special sessions
- Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury
Please note that this is one part of a three-module course taking place in Autumn, Spring, and Summer. Click here to learn more about the other modules.