This course explores both the depiction of women in art and the experience of female artists from antiquity to the present day, through an introduction to the gender politics of visual culture. Using case studies and site visits in London’s world-class collections, the course addresses the historical constraints on women artists as well as the ways in which women challenged their exclusion from art academies and artistic patronage.
During the first week, students will examine representations of women by both male and female artists and how these have changed over time starting with Antiquity through the Renaissance, 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, as well as looking in depth at topics such as the Female Nude. Lectures will be supplemented by visits to key institutions such as the Royal Academy and the National Gallery.
The second week focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries, looking at Modernism and Surrealism right up to the contemporary art world. The course explores curating women-only collections, women and film as well as Asian and Russian Art. The course will also investigate the ways in which international museums and collections are responding to the current interest in gender politics and its effect on culture at large.
Companion Course: This course is a companion to Women and Art, which runs from July 20 – July 31 on our New York campus, and can be taken in conjunction with the London course. For more information, please contact our admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org.