Discover the essentials of European art history from 1350-1850 in these six lavishly-produced lessons. Over six weeks, the course will take you from the Early Renaissance in Italy through to Romanticism in Britain, introducing you to the artists we call the great masters. By looking in detail at the principal works of the masters, you will develop an understanding of the major styles they have come to represent, and their influence on successive generations of artists.
Included in the course are exclusive features giving you access to the people working at the forefront of the Old Masters field, offering you unparalleled insight into their roles, expertise, and motivations.
- Christie’s Global President Jussi Pylkkänen on the experience of auctioneering Salvator Mundi
- Christie’s London Specialist revealing the intricate process of hanging the exhibition of Old Masters in the days before an auction
- Christie’s London Head of Day Sale on the significant research that goes into cataloguing works of art by the Old Masters
- Dr Molly Dorkin, of the Dickinson gallery, on today’s market for Old Masters
- CEO of TEFAF, Patrick van Maris, discussing running the largest Old Masters art fair in the world
- Bart Cornelis, Curator of the Dutch and Flemish Old Masters at the National Gallery, London, on curating a collection of international importance
- You will be provided with comprehensive tutorial notes to accompany the course, which are yours to download and keep. The notes expand on the ideas raised during the lectures and provide context, additional information, and explanation
- Detailed hand-outs on Saints and Subjects in Christian Art, Classical Gods and Goddesses and How to Read a Painting are also provided to all students of this course
Registration is now open for this course, you can register today by clicking on Enrol Now against your preferred course dates in the Course dates tab.
Watch our trailer video for an overview of the course
Image: Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, 1480
By the end of this course:
- You will have gained a solid understanding of the great works of art created in Europe from the Early Renaissance to Romanticism.
- You will be able to identify the major movements, styles and artists active in Europe during this period. You will have gained an understanding of the significant similarities and differences between works of art created in different parts of Europe.
- You will have been taught how artists’ influence spread across geography and time, and which artists significantly changed the course of art.
- You will have learned how Old Master pictures have been bought and sold throughout history, and how they are brought to today’s market.
- You will understand the process by which Christie’s curates a sale of Old Masters, from research and conservation to the auction itself, with particular reference to the record-breaking sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at Christie’s New York.
Watch an excerpt from Session 5: Hals, Leyster, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin – Baroque and Classical, Northern Europe 1600-1700.
Session One - Giotto, Botticelli, Campin, Van Eyck, Early Renaissance: Italy & Northern Europe 1300-1490
Session Two - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Bronzino, High Renaissance and Mannerism: Italy 1490-1550
Session Three - Bosch, Bruegel, Dürer, Holbein, Northern European Art: 1500-1600
Session Four - Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Bernini, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Baroque Art: Italy and Spain 1600-1700
Session Five - Hals, Leyster, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin, Baroque and Classical: Northern Europe 1600-1700
Session Six - Watteau, David, Friedrich, Delacroix, Constable, Turner, Rococo, Neoclassicism and Romanticism: 1715-1840
17 September - 28 October, 2019
Online Orientation opens on 10 September, 2019
5 November - 16 December, 2019
Online Orientation opens on 29 October, 2019
Enrol on this course for $1,350 if registering before 1 Oct, 2019
21 January - 2 March, 2020
Online Orientation opens on 14 January, 2020
Enrol on this course for $1,350 if registering before 10 Dec, 2019
21 April - 1 June, 2020
Online Orientation opens on 14 April, 2020
Enrol on this course for $1,350 if registering before 10 Mar, 2020
The course will require approx. 2.5 hrs of study time per week. There will be weekly assignments with set texts and optional further reading.
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