London contains some of the richest and most celebrated art collections in the world. The craze for 'statement' houses filled with treasures began during the Elizabethan era, and quickly matured in the seventeenth century. Collecting art was encouraged by the great connoisseur King Charles I, whose courtiers travelled to Europe in search of priceless paintings and sculpture. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw a boom in the construction of aristocratic mansions to house both noble dynasties and 'new money'. Despite the loss of many of these houses during the first half of the twentieth century, their legacy of magnificence and connoisseurship remains.
This course includes:
- Certificate of participation on completion of the course;
- Lectures with time for questions and discussion;
- Guided visits to major London-based collections;
- Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury.
Please note that this is one part of a three-module course taking place in Autumn, Spring, and Summer. Click here to learn more about the other modules.