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Overview

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:

  • Eight-week term, with a half-term break
  • Lecture with time for questions and discussions each week
  • Wine receptions with faculty and fellow participants each term
  • Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury
  • Certificate of participation upon completion of the course
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Type: Evening course (8 weeks)
    Dates: May 7 - July 2, 2020 (term break is May 28)
    Times: Thursdays; 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Dr James Hicks is an art historian based in London but raised in central Virginia. After graduating from James Madison University in 2001 Dr Hicks continued his studies at Goldsmiths College and the University of Hertfordshire where he gained his PhD. His areas of interest and lecturing experience include British art history as well as European and American cultural history. He has worked extensively with leading London museums such as the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as at several American universities’ Semester in London programs in addition to Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    £475
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    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact: shortcourses@sia.edu or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.
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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: shortcourses@sia.edu or T +44 (0)330 128 1041

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