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Art History: Renaissance Art to Present explores the highlights of European and American art from the early Renaissance to 19th century Romanticism and through to the Modern Age. Focusing on the paintings of masters including Giotto, Dürer, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and others, you discover the impact of the classical past, the interrelationship between stylistic developments, and the broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context in which art emerged. This course emphasizes the technical developments that define each historical era, revealing the fascinating aesthetic advancements made possible by the materials and methods available in each art period. For those new to art history, this course provides a solid underpinning for analyzing, interpreting, and appreciating paintings.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to visually identify artistic materials and techniques in paintings and understand their importance.
  • The tools needed to identify and date important paintings and define the essential characteristics (style, content, meaning, and goals) of movements and individual artists in Western art history.
  • The analytical and communication skills necessary to interpret and discuss these works within social, cultural, and political contexts.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    19 June - 30 July 2019
    6 weeks of instructor guidance

    We offer our online courses throughout the year with sessions starting every 4-6 weeks.
  • Faculty


    Corey D'AugustineAdjunct Faculty, Online Courses, M.A. Art Business and Summer Institute, New York

    M.A., Art History and Art Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
    B.A., Visual Arts, and Biochemistry, Oberlin College

    Corey D'Augustine is a conservator of modern and contemporary art and a technical art historian. He is the principal conservator at Corey D'Augustine Conservation, and his clients include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Ad Reinhardt Foundation. He also lectures on art history and art conservation at New York University, Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a specialist in American and European Post-war art, and his research interests include 20th-century painting materials and techniques, and the conservation of monochrome paintings.

  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: From Antique Fresco to Late Gothic Altarpieces

    • Art History: From Antique Fresco to Late Gothic Altarpieces

    • Technique: What is Fresco?

    • Conversation: X-Rays and Altarpiece Construction

    • Case Study: Simon Martini, Annunciation

    Week 2: Perspective and Realism: Painting in the European Renaissance

    • Art History: Perspective and Realism

    • Technique: The Impact of Oil Painting

    • Conversation: The Conservation of Panel Paintings

    • Case Study: Albrecht Durer, Adam and Eve

    Week 3: Painting in the Baroque Era

    • Art History: Painting in the Baroque Era

    • Technique: Chiaroscuro

    • Conservation: Infrared Spectroscopy and Preparatory Sketches

    • Case Study: Caravaggio,Supper at Emmaus

    Week 4: From the Academy to Tahiti: Painting in the 19th Century

    • Art History: From the Academy to Tahiti

    • Technique: The Broken Brushstroke

    • Conservation: Ultraviolet Fluorescence and Painted Surfaces

    • Case Study: Edouard Manet, Olympia

    Week 5: The Promise of Abstraction: Expressionism, Cubism, and the New York School

    • Art History: The Promise of Abstraction

    • Technique: Action Painting

    • Conservation: The Challenge of Matte Paint

    • Case Study: Willem de Kooning, Woman I

    Week 6: Pop to the Present

    • Art History: Pop to the Present

    • Technique: Synthetic Paints

    • Conservation: Monochrome Paint Surfaces

    • Case Study: Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn

  • Getting Started

    Getting Started

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    Tuition includes 6 weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.

    Terms and Conditions

    Online courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

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  • Certificate Of Completion

    Certificate Of Completion

    For each course successfully completed, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor, Non-Degree Programs
    Tel: 212-897-6644 or Request Information

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