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This five-day course provides a basis for the analysis and interpretation of Western Art from the Renaissance until 1900. Chronologically organized, and highlighting key works, painters and movements, classroom-based lectures are complemented by guided visits to major galleries and museums in Central London.

Designed for those with no previous academic or professional experience, the course is suitable for all who seek to further their understanding of an extraordinarily rich and diverse field. Participants often include:

  • Art history undergraduates looking to complement their academic studies
  • Recent graduates in art history looking to further their knowledge of the field prior to entering the art industry
  • Fine art dealers looking to augment their existing expertise
  • Collectors

In addition to Institute-based lectures, participants will visit the world-famous collections at:

  • The National Gallery
  • The Wallace Collection

At the end of the course, participants will have:

  • Gained a thorough grounding in the chronological development of styles, materials, and techniques in, as well as the leading practitioners of, fine art in Europe
  • Learned to situate paintings in the broader cultural, political, religious, and social contexts of the periods between the Renaissance and the early twentieth century
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