This one-day course explores the history of European painting in the context of the Christie’s Old Masters sale which takes place in April and October each year. Beginning with the painting guilds of the early Renaissance, progressing through the great innovators of the High Renaissance and Baroque periods, and concluding with the technical masters of the European academies, participants will discover the principle themes that connect many of the most vital artists and masterpieces in Western art history. The course is organized around a central theme, examples of which are the shadow of Caravaggio, the Renaissance portrait, and the transition from egg tempera to oil. This course is specially designed for aspiring collectors and those with a keen interest in art history, where participants will have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in the context of a Christie’s evening sale. The course will conclude with a guided behind-the-scenes preview of the sale with a Christie’s specialist.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• A historical overview of European art spanning from early Renaissance to the Baroque periods
• The principle themes that form a connection to the great European artists and masterpieces throughout these periods
• Basic concepts of connoisseurship through examining works in the upcoming Old Masters sale at Christie’s New York