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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. Minimum age 18.

This course includes:

  • Eight-week term, with a half-term break;
  • Expert lectures 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

    Evening Course: 6.30-7.45pm.
    Dates: 28 January; 4, 11, 25 February, and 3, 10, 17, 24 March 2020 (term break 18 February).
    Venue: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    Dr James Hicks, Consultant Lecturer
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

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  • Course Timetable

    Course Timetable

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

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