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From the birth of Rococo to the avant-garde experiments of the Post-Impressionists, this course explores radical and revolutionary art movements changed the ways in which art is viewed and laid the foundations for today’s art world. It will also examine the ways in which art was transformed in the prelude to and aftermath of the two World Wars. Participants learn to interpret and understand art in the context of a period which saw the birth of what many people now regard as quintessentially "modern" art. Suitable for beginners as well as those with prior knowledge looking to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Western Art.

This course includes:

  • Eight-week term, with a half-term break
  • Expert lectures with time for questions and discussions each week
  • Guided visits to the National Gallery and Wallace Collection
  • Special sessions on expressions of the Baroque in architecture and interiors
  • 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: Day course (8 weeks)
    Dates: May 5 - June 30, 2020 (term break is May 26)
    Times: Tuesdays;10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • 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

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

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