This three-module survey course introduces participants to the rich history of Western Art, providing the opportunity to learn how to understand and interpret major works of art within their historical context. Join leading art historians and experts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art to journey through the years 1200-1960, from the emergence of Gothic art and architecture in northern Europe through every major art movement of the subsequent centuries.
Focusing on Western art, this course considers successive styles in chronological order, the major centers of art from Florence to Paris, London and New York, and the key figures who forged the art world around them. Immersing themselves in the worlds of the greatest European and American artists, participants will not only explore the art, but also the religious, social, economic and political events and movements that influenced its creation.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with prior knowledge looking to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Western Art between the medieval period and the 1960s. Minimum age 18.
Each module includes:
- Certificate of participation upon completion of the course.
- Three eight-week terms, with a half-term break during each term;
- 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.
Autumn 2019: History of Western Art 1: Medieval and Renaissance
Spring 2020: History of Western Art 2: Baroque to Romanticism
Summer 2020: History of Western Art 3: Impressionism to Modernism