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Commencing with the art and architecture of the great medieval religious houses, this course explores the history and development of art in Western Europe from the turn to the Gothic in northern Europe to the Renaissance in Italy. Participants will become acquainted with the most influential sites and works of the medieval era, from Paris and Chartres to Cologne to York, before exploring the emergence of the Renaissance and the revival of interest in classical antiquity. Alongside considering the work of influential figures such as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michaelangelo, the course will explore themes including the role of patronage and the rise of the notion of the artist as a creative genius.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with prior knowledge looking to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Western Art between the twelfth and mid-sixteenth centuries. Minimum age 18.

This course includes:

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

    Autumn 2019: Medieval & Renaissance
    1, 8, 15, 29 October and 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2019 (term break 22 October)

    Evening Course: Tuesday evenings; 6.30 - 7.45pm

    Venue: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.

    Please note, this course is one of a 3-part module with Autumn, Spring, and Summer sessions. Click here to learn more about these modules.
  • Faculty


    Dr James Hicks, Consultant Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Module 1 (Autumn 2019): £475 (Register by September 17, 2019 for 10% off)
    All 3 Modules (Autumn, Spring, and Summer):
    £1,275 (Register by September 17, 2019 for 10% off)

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    Jessica Foyle Public Programmes Coordinator
    T +44 (0)20 7462 3239 or
  • Course Timetable

    Course Timetable

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Jessica Foyle Public Programmes Coordinator
    T +44 (0)20 7462 3239 or

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