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Art History: Renaissance to Present


Art History: Renaissance to Present

Art History: Renaissance 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 progress that defines 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.


Corey D’Augustine

Adjunct Faculty, Online and Summer Institute, New York

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.

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  • About Flexible Courses

    About Flexible Courses

    This flexible online course is delivered in weekly modules consisting of recorded lectures, instructor-guided discussion boards, and supplementary resources. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have read-only access to the course materials for an additional 90 days after the course end date.

    Review the online course Terms and Conditions.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • To identify the materials and techniques employed by artists in paintings and to describe the importance and relevance of artistic processes.
    • To accurately date works of art and to define the essential characteristics of significant paintings, movements, and individual artists in Western art history.
    • To interpret and analyze significant artworks within their social, cultural, and political contexts.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 3.9 IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    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.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.