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This three-module survey course introduces participants to the rich history of art in the West, providing an opportunity to learn how to understand and interpret major works of art within their historical context. Join leading experts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art on a journey through the years 1200-1960, from the emergence of Gothic art and architecture in northern Europe to the radical upheavals of the twentieth century.

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.

Each module includes:

  • Certificate of participation upon completion of the course;
  • Three eight-week terms, with a half-term break during each term;
  • 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.


Spring 2020: Baroque to Romanticism
Summer 2020: Impressionism to Modernism
Autumn 2020: Medieval and Renaissance

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Spring 2020: Baroque to Romanticism
    28 January; 4, 11, 25 February, and 3, 10, 17, 24 March 2020 (term break 18 February).
    Summer 2020: Impressionism to Modernism
    5, 12, 19 May and 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 2020 (term break 26 May).
    Autumn 2020: Medieval and Renaissance
    29 September; 6, 13, 20 October and 3, 10, 17, 24 November 2020 (term break 22 October).
    Evening Course: Tuesdays evening; 6.30pm-7.45pm.
    Venue: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    Dr. James HicksConsultant Lecturer
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    All 3 Modules (Spring, Summer, & Autumn): £1,275 (£1,147.50 if registered by December 4, 2019).
    Click here to register now and pay online.
    Click here to read Terms and Conditions.
    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.
  • Course Timetable

    Course Timetable

    To be announced.
  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041

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