This intensive introductory course introduces participants to the rich history of Western Art, providing the opportunity to learn how to understand and interpret major works of art within their historical context. Join leading art historians and experts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art to journey all the way from the emergence of Gothic art and architecture in northern Europe through every major art movement of the subsequent 1000 years to 1960. Focusing on Western art, 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 have responded to and 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.
- 10 sessions of 2.5 hours, over two consecutive weeks
- Livestreamed video lectures led by experts in the field
- Direct dialogue with course leaders and invited experts
- Full access to our e-learning platform for readings, viewings, and web resources
- Certificate of participation upon completion of course