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Streamed live and designed specifically to be enjoyed at home, we are delighted to unveil this intensive course delivered by art historian, Dr James Hicks.

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.

What's Included

  • 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
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    August 17 - August 28, 2020
    Monday - Friday | 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. BST
    (12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT)
    Course Fee: £995.00
    All online Intensive Courses are developed in London by Sotheby's Institute faculty, programming staff, and industry experts.
  • How It Works

    How It Works

    Our online Intensive Courses are designed to enrich and deepen your understanding of a specific art world subject in an accelerated and dynamic format. The courses are ideal for undergraduates, career changers, art professionals, and art lovers seeking to learn more about art and cultural history or to acquire specific knowledge/skills.
    Led by art professionals drawn from our global faculty, these courses provide participants with expert insight and practical skills through a combination of livestreamed lectures and group discussion. Course materials and lecture recordings can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via Sotheby’s Institute’s learning platform – Canvas. Canvas is an intuitive, self-contained environment that requires no additional software.
    Once you successfully complete the course, you will 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.
  • Faculty


    Dr James Hicks (Consultant Lecturer) is an art historian based in London but raised in central Virginia. After graduating from James Madison University in 2001 Dr Hicks continued his studies at Goldsmiths College and the University of Hertfordshire where he gained his PhD. His areas of interest and lecturing experience include British art history as well as European and American cultural history. He has worked extensively with leading London museums such as the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as at several American universities’ Semester in London programs in addition to Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
  • Register


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    Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Online Intensive Courses are open to anyone 16 years of age and older. View terms and conditions.
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