In this evening course, participants will develop their knowledge and understanding of the artists and artworks produced through the periods from the Renaissance to contemporary art and become confident in expressing thoughts and opinions about art within its historical and sociological context.
Divided into three terms, the first term will begin with the historical influences of the early Italian Renaissance period covering the works of artists including Masaccio and Paolo Uccello to Leonardo da Vinci and Titian through to Michelangelo and Raphael ending with Caravaggio and Carracci. The second term focuses on pivotal art movements of Neoclassicism through to Dada and Surrealism. The third term focuses on the rise of contemporary art and explores how colour was harnessed by Matisse and Derain, through to the pop art movements with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
The programme is curated with a flexible design to offer participants the options to undertake the full certificate programme or to enrol in individual terms.
What you will learn
- The artists and artworks produced through the periods of the Renaissance to contemporary art
- How to express thoughts and opinions about art within its historical and sociological context
- How to research and write from an art historical perspective about these major artistic periods (applies to full certificate option only)
All students will receive a letter of completion at the end of the course. For those students who submit the essay at the end of the course will be eligible to receive a Christie's Education Certificate.
Creating New Ground – This first session will look at the pioneering work of Giotto and seek to explain how a new interest in perspective and realism created a shift in late medieval picture making.
Making Space – Looking at the works of Masaccio and Paolo Uccello, this session will look at how the science of perspective heralded the early Italian Renaissance.
Capturing Reflections – This session will be spent looking at how perfecting painting in oils created new possibilities in the Netherlandish art of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden.
A New Order –The works of Piero della Francesca and Botticelli will be the focus of this session exploring how new ideas borrowed from antiquity influenced the Renaissance.
New Visions – This week will seek to explain the imagined and disturbing works of Hieronymus Bosch and how invention and creation in the art of the northern Renaissance still relied on medieval imagery.
The Renaissance Men – Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer’s works will be explored in a bid to make visible not the just the impact of pictures in the renaissance but the shift in the status of artists.
Telling Tales – This week the mythological paintings made in Venice by Titian will demonstrate how classical mythologies were told through the medium of painting.
Perfection Attained – The High Renaissance in Rome will be studied through the colossal achievements and rivalries of Michelangelo and Raphael.
Perfection Inflated – This week will ask why the stretched and twisted figures of the mannerist images of Pontormo and Brozino will be studied.
A Return to the Real – This session will explore how Caravaggio and the Carracci returned to the practice of direct observation at the turn of the new century.
Finding Pompeii- This week we will look at the discoveries of the Classical world in the eighteenth century which led artists such as David, Canova and Ingres towards a new style of painting, architecture and sculpture; a neoclassical style.
A Romantic Vision- In an increasingly industrialised world, nineteenth century artists such as Delacroix and Goya sought refuge in literature and stories, colour and brushstrokes. This session will take us to France, Spain, England and Germany in painting and sculpture.
(Realism and Manet 1848-1875)
Ploughing the Fields of Realism- This week we will explore how French artists such as Courbet, Millet and Manet, during a period of social and historical upheaval, revolutionised painting by depicting real events and moments influenced by photography and philosophy.
Painting Surface- this session will explore Impressionist painters and their techniques which changed due mainly to new paints, brushes canvasses and other innovations. Artists such as Monet transformed the painterly surface with brilliant colours and visible brushstrokes.
(The Post Impressionists 1886-1910)
Making Art Solid and Durable- Artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cézanne sought to express the surface in a different way to the Impressionists. This session will seek to compare the ways they went on to be some of the most influential artists of their time.
(Primitivism and Cubism 1880-1914)
A Three-dimensional World- artists of the late nineteenth century collected so called primitive art for its beauty and essential characteristics. Painters such as Picasso, informed by his collection sought to render a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface. This session will explore how he and others went about such an inventive task.
(Symbolism and Japonism 1890-1910)
A Mystical World – this session will uncover the delights of artists such as Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes and Redon who delved into the world of literature and music to discover a new aesthetic. We will also explore the interest in Japan, the collecting of prints and objects from a ‘floating world’ and the impact on artists in the last few decades of the nineteenth century.
(European Expressionism 1880-1914)
Expressing the Self- artists from France, Germany, Austria and Norway explored ways to express their inner emotions as a new century overwhelmed their exterior senses. In a bid to reach new heights of understanding their works are both haunting and disturbing.
(Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism 1909-1920)
Rejecting the old order – artists in Italy and Russia wanted a brave new world where art could express change and reject what they saw as a Capitalist world without modern values. This session will explore how both movements engaged with war and revolution.
(Dada and Surrealism 1915-1935)
Tapping into the Unconscious- As war raged around them artists in Switzerland began to respond to war in ways which changed the materials as well as the meaning of art. Duchamp’s Ready-Mades revolutionised the value of art and the early works of Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Andre Masson and others responded to the writings and teachings of Freud to uncover and explore the Unconscious and represent their new-found awareness on canvas and in sculpture.
Joy and Anger in Colour – This week the Fauve works of Matisse and Derain and the works of the German Expressionism will explore how colour was harnest to explore human emotions.
Death to the Past: Futurism & Supremacism - This session will explore how modern art became a pan-European phenomenon and look at the works of Italian futurists Boccioni and Balla and the Russian artist Malevich.
Shattered Visions: Cubism – This week will explore how Picasso and Braque created a new and influential visual language at the start of the new century.
Alternate Realities: Surrealism – This week will look at the works of Surrealist and Dada artists and look at how the catastrophe of modern warfare was responded to by Dali, Magritte and Duchamp.
Pure Painting: Abstract Expressionism – This session will look at how modern art shifted from its base in Paris to New York in the wake of the Second World War and how artists like Rothko and Pollock moved modern art to complete abstraction.
Art in Space – This week will focus on twentieth century sculpture and how the concerns of modern art were expressed in three dimensions by artist such as Rodin, Brancusi and Moore.
Here it is Again: Pop Art – This session will look at the work of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol and investigate how the visual language of mass media and advertising was absorbed and questioned by the visual arts.
An Art of the Body and Mind: Conceptualism & Land Art – This week will look at how art became simultaneously intellectualised and physically experiential in the works of artist such as Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara and Richard Long.
Photography as Art – In a world where the photographic image has become ubiquitous with contemporary living, this week will look at how the fine art have embraced photography as an art medium.
Return to the Real – After the advent of complete abstraction and in an area of mass production, capitalism and consumerism, this last session will look at how painting today is making a return to realism.