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Conservation training in India: a major new initiative



A major step toward the preserving India’s rich cultural heritage has been taken with the launch this week of a unique training programme organised by The Courtauld and taught by international specialists at the Leon Levy Foundation Centre for Conservation Studies at Nagaur

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Courtauld alumnus to take the post of Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum



Tim Knox, currently Director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, will succeed Timothy Potts as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum when he takes up the post in April 2014.


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Courtauld alumnus appointed as Director of Ashmolean Museum


Courtauld alumnus, Dr Alexander Sturgis, has been appointed as the new Director of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. He will take up the appointment on 1 October 2014, succeeding Professor Christopher Brown CBE, who has been the Museum’s Director since 1998.

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Ground-breaking book 'Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation' to be launched at The Courtauld


The official launch of Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation, edited by Courtauld academics, David Park and Sharon Cather, is to be launched in February.


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Going Public: Challenges and Perspectives in the Display of Private Collections: A Symposium Organised by the A. G. Leventis Gallery in Association with The Courtauld Institute of Art on Friday 17 January 2014


With the Support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation

Organised by the A. G. Leventis Gallery in association with The Courtauld Institute of Art, this half-day symposium will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas on the distinct challenges posed by the display of private collections as they make the transition from ‘private’ to ‘public’.


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Publication by Courtauld Lecturer Dr Christine Stevenson

Shortlisted for 2014 Longman- History Today Book of the Year Award




The recently published The City and the King: Architecture and Politics in Restoration London by Dr Christine Stevenson, Senior Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award.

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The Courtauld achieves European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award



89 UK universities have achieved the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, which acknowledges their commitment to researcher development

Today Vitae confirms that 10 more UK universities have gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission and 15 UK universities have retained the Award after their two-year review.


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Students applying for arts and humanities doctorates at The Courtauld Institute of Art and six other partner institutions across the South East will share in a £17m funding award, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced on 15 October 2013.


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Celebrated musician Katie Melua visited the conservation project being undertaken by The Courtauld Institute of Art in partnership with the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.



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Professor Lowden made Fellow of the British Academy

Picasso's Harlequin and Companion#

The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce that Professor John Lowden, Professor of History of Art, has been made a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Wall Paintings of Eton co-authored by The Courtauld Institute of Art academics wins prestigious Berger Prize

Picasso's Harlequin and Companion#

The William MB Berger Prize for British Art History 2013, a prize for excellence in the field of British art history, in honour of the memory of the late William MB Berger set up by the British Art Journal, was awarded to ‘Wall Paintings of Eton’.

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Picasso's Harlequin and Companion#
Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901, which closed 27 May 2013, attracted 137,438 visitors, the highest attendance figure ever achieved for a show at The Courtauld Gallery, London.


The previous record was 97,236 for Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge, on view from 16 June to 18 September 2011.

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Nagaur shortlisted for the Aga Khan award

The Courtauld, in partnership with the Mehrangarh Museum Trust (MMT) has been working since 2005 to preserve the marvellous heritage of wall paintings in the fort and palace complex of Nagaur in India. The site has just been shortlisted for the Aga Khan award.

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Julian Stallabrass

Professor Julian Stallabrass will be discussing the Iraq War and its effect on visual imagery on 29 May at HowTheLight GetsIn, the Philosophy and Music Festival at Hay-on-Wye.


Tackling the latest theories in everything from philosophy and art to science and politics - all set against a backdrop of live music and DJ sets - HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest philosophy festival

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Edouard Manet: The Direct Gaze

Professor David Solkin

BBC Radio 3
Sunday 13 January 2013, 7.45 pm
Actor Fiona Shaw unlocks the gaze of the famously naked women painted by French Impressionist Edouard Manet, the 19th century painter known as the father of Impressionism. 

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David Solkin elected a Fellow of the British Academy

Professor David Solkin
The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce that David Solkin has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements.

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The Courtauld Uses Extensis Digital Asset Management Solutions for Collections Management of its Image Library

Detail of a 17th-century Buddhist painting
One of the world’s leading centres for the study of art history and conservation preserves and publishes its collection of images with Extensis Portfolio Server.

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John House 1945-2012

It is with great sadness that the Courtauld Institute of Art announces the sudden death on Tuesday 7 February of John House, Emeritus Professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, at the age of 66.

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The Courtauld to Collaborate on Conservation Project with Georgia

The Courtauld is now planning its first-ever conservation project in Georgia in partnership with the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.

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New Chairman for The Courtauld

The Board of The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce that James Hughes-Hallett has been appointed Chairman as successor to The Courtauld's current Chairman, Nicholas Ferguson, who retires from the post in July 2012 after ten years of outstanding leadership.

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Courtauld Alumni Reunited on BBC Radio 4

Alumni of The Courtauld Institute of Art including art critic Brian Sewell, author Anita Brookner and British Museum Director Neil McGregor came together for BBC Radio 4's The Reunion broadcast on Sunday 14 August. They recalled with great fondness the inspirational setting of the Institute at Portman Square and the zeal of their dedicated teacher, Anthony Blunt, former Director and Soviet spy. 

The programme will be broadcast again at 9am on Friday 19 August or you catch it on BBC i Player.




The Courtauld is delighted to announce that, thanks to the generosity of more than 2,800 donors from a wide range of supporters including alumni and staff, parents and friends, it has not only met, but significantly exceeded, the HEFCE matched funding programme challenge of £8.25 million by raising the extraordinary sum of £9.5 million [£9,539,448].

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The Procuress: Fake or Mistake?

Han van Meegeren, The Procuress

The Procuress, the painting featured in the third episode of BBC One's Fake or Fortune, goes on view to the public at The Courtauld Gallery, London, from Monday 4 July 2011, the day after the television programme was broadcast. 
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The Courtauld at the 54th Venice Biennale:
One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy


Venice exhibition installation view
Exhibition installation view

Curated by Alexander Ponomarev & Dr Nadim Samman, organized by AVC Charity Foundation and The Courtauld Institute of Art.

On 3 June a group exhibition of monumental new works by four of the most exciting and renowned artists working today - Alexander Ponomarev (Russia), Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Adrian Ghenie (Romania) and Ryoichi Kurokawa (Japan) - opened at the Arsenale Novissimo in Venice.  One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy is an Official Collateral Project of the 54th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art and runs until 27 November 2011.  

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Refurbished Gallery Rooms unveiled


The rooms on the first floor of the Gallery are open again. Over the past three months we have not only sanded the floors, painted walls and improved the lighting but also changed the hang of The Courtauld's world-famous collection, written new labels and introduced new wall panels which give in-depth information about highlight paintings and encourage a closer look.

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Opening Soon at The Courtauld Gallery: Toulouse-Lautrec and jane Avril
2/6/ 2011

With two more weeks two go until the opening of our next exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge the first loans have arrived at the Gallery.

Presenting some of Toulouse-Lautrec's most celebrated paintings and posters, the exhibition will explore the creative partnership between the artist and his muse Jane Avril, star dancer at the Moulin Rouge.

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The Courtauld Gallery's Caroline Campbell gives advice To Aspiring Curators


The Courtauld's Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings has given an interview to Creative Choices,

an online resource for careers knowledge, tools and support in the creative and cultural industries.

Caroline Campbell talks about her role at The Courtauld Gallery and gives advice on how to become curator.

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Transforming The CourtAuld Gallery

Until 4 June we are renovating the rooms on the first floor of The Courtauld Gallery and preparing a fresh display of the collection.

Some rooms will be closed during this period but the majority of our Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings will be on display at all times. Find out more

The new hang and interpretation of our world-famous collection will be unveiled in the refurbished rooms on 4 June 2011. Follow our blog to find out what's going on behind the scenes during the refurbishment period.


Courtauld Gallery opens ITS new exhibition Life, Legend, Landscape: Victorian Drawings And Watercolours


The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition has now opened to the public. Life, Legend, Landscape explores a rich selection of Victorian drawings and watercolours from The Courtauld’s world-famous collection. Many of these works are shown for the first time.

Splendid landscapes, intimate portraits and scenes from literature and everyday life reveal the Victorian preoccupation with nature and myth as well as the living model. Major artists of the Victorian era are featured, including J.M.W. Turner, Whistler, Rossetti, Millais and Burne-Jones.

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CourTauld Gallery Long Listed for Clore Award for Museum Learning


Students taking photographs for stop frame animations in the courtyard of Somerset House

The Courtauld's innovative project Animating Art History has been long listed for the inaugural Clore Award for Museum Learning. This new award aims to champion excellence in museum learning and is run in parallel with the Art Fund Prize, the UK’s largest arts prize celebrating quality and innovation in museums and galleries across the UK. The judges were impressed by the ambition, originality and impact of the project which has been organised jointly with University of the Arts, London.

Animating Art History is an ongoing project which combines art history and animation for students aged 16 and 19 from families with no prior engagement in higher education. They used research methods and moving image processes in order to create animations based on paintings from The Courtauld Gallery's world-famous collection.

Henrietta Hine, Head of Public Programmes at The Courtauld, said: “I'm thrilled that Animating Art History has been long listed for the prize. It recognises the commitment and talent of the young people involved and the strength of the exciting partnership between The Courtauld and University of the Arts, London.”

Find out more and watch the animations

Look again... Stories of The World Opens


Duane Uba Self-Portrait  with Bandaged Ear Photographed by Marysa Dowling, 2010

The results of a new project which involves young people can be seen in The Courtauld Gallery until 13 March. The show presents photographic portraits created by young people with artist photographer Marysa Dowling. Inspired by works from The Courtauld Gallery's collection, students aged 16 to 21 from Further Education colleges across London have reinterpreted their chosen paintings.

Working closely with curators, academics and artists they explored how image and identity were expressed in portraits before the widespread use of photography, and how images reflect wider social values and the individual aspirations and personal narratives of both sitter and artist. 

Look Again… is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World. Find out more

COMING SOON: LIFE, LEGEND, LANDSCAPE - Victorian Drawings and Watercolours


John Everett Millais The Parting of Ulysses, c.1862 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Opening on 17 February, The Courtauld Gallery's next exhibition will present a rich selection of Victorian drawings and watercolours from The Courtauld's extensive collection.

The show will feature major artists of the Victorian era, including J.M.W. Turner and William Etty as well as Pre-Raphaelites such as Rossetti and Millais. Many of the works have never been on display before. Find out more

A series of events, including Late Openings, Sunday tours and gallery talks, accompanies the exhibition. Find out more

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Courtauld Conservation Experts Undertake New Research OF Wall Paintings in BhUtan


etail of a 17th-century Painting in the Lama Lhakhang in Trongsa Dzong © The Courtauld Institute of Art

In over two thousand thriving temples and monasteries scattered across Bhutan's rugged terrain, spectacular wall paintings testify to the strength of its cultural and artistic traditions. Many of these sites are remote and their paintings have never before been recorded. During the last three years, experts from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, have been given unique access by the Government of Bhutan to undertake scientific research of the Himalayan kingdom’s wall paintings.

The fieldwork has been carried out by wall painting conservators Lisa Shekede and Stephen Rickerby of The Courtauld Institute of Art, in collaboration with staff from the Department of Culture of Bhutan. Scores of temples and other religious sites were visited throughout the kingdom, to record their paintings and to collect small paint samples for subsequent analysis in London. This is the first time such a wide-ranging scientific study of painting has been undertaken in Bhutan, and findings have proved to be exciting.

Previously scant knowledge of the original materials and techniques of Bhutanese wall painting, and of their historical and stylistic development, has been much enhanced.  Although relatively few paintings survive from before the 17th century, the study included unprecedented investigation and analysis of a rare early 16th-century scheme in central Bhutan.

The findings of The Courtauld’s research project have far-reaching conservation implications. It is intended that the wealth of technical and other information to have emerged from the study will be used as a foundation for future conservation efforts, based on recognition of the value and vulnerability of the kingdom’s remarkable wall painting heritage.

Find out more about The Courtauld's department of Wall Painting Conservation.


Courtauld Institute of Art's Gothic Ivories Porject Goes Online



Today The Courtauld Institute of Art has launched a new website,, which makes available hundreds of ivories from international collections, ranging from the USA to Sweden, Hungary and Italy. A detailed entry has been written for each piece and the vast majority are illustrated by high resolution colour images, with multiple views.

“The project has been made possible by the collaboration of numerous institutions,” comments the Project’s director, Professor John Lowden, “but it is not only the major museums that will benefit from this resource. Many Gothic ivories are still in private collections, and the website will enable owners to identify what they have.”

Project manager Dr Catherine Yvard adds: “The support we received from institutions around the world has been astonishing: all major collections have joined us and smaller collections have also been enthusiastic. As so many Gothic ivories were divided up for sale in the nineteenth century, there is a very real chance of being able to identify what have been thought to be missing parts of a whole. The website makes possible searches by many aspects of content, provenance, function and so on.”

The project has been funded to date primarily through the generosity of Thomson Works of Art Ltd., in memory of Ken Thomson, an enthusiastic collector of ivories.


Courtauld Gallery Features in Moleskine's London Painting Trail


From the makers of legendary Moleskine notebooks comes this captivating guidebook with a twist.  The London Painting Trail has just arrived on bookstore shelves this month and features seven suggested guides to masterpieces located at some of London’s finest art institutions, including The Courtauld Gallery.

The perfect stocking filler for anyone with an interest in art, history or discovering treasures of London, it is packed with expert knowledge and quirky facts about iconic paintings, such as Edouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère or Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear..  

The notebook (£12.50) is available from The Courtauld Gallery Shop and many galleries and book stores in London. 




Courtauld Alumna Wins Guardian First Book Award


Courtauld alumna Alexandra Harris has been awarded The Guardian First Book Award for Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper. She did her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art with Professor Chris Green.

Find out more and watch an interview with Alexandra Harris on The Guardian's website.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Programme Provides Funds To Restore Rubens Masterpiece


Peter Paul Rubens Cain Slaying Abel, 1608-1609 © The Courtauld Gallery, London

The Courtauld has received funding from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch to restore one of the Gallery's iconic Rubens paintings, Cain Slaying Abel.

Peter Paul Rubens’ (1577-1640) masterpiece is widely considered to be one of the most important pieces by this Flemish artist in The Courtauld Gallery’s world-class collection. Depicting a dynamic composition and powerful rendition of the Old Testament scene, the painting demonstrates Rubens’ remarkable virtuosity in the depiction of flesh and musculature, and represents a pivotal moment in his early career.

The painting currently has an uneven surface with areas of paint loss, and the panel is in poor structural order. Colour relationships are also skewed by the increasingly yellowed and opaque varnish coatings. The conservation will address these concerns and will also provide an opportunity for a technical appraisal of Rubens’ techniques.

Dr Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, said: “One of The Courtauld’s central aims is to care for and develop our precious collection, since it forms an important component of our research and teaching programme. The conservation of Cain Slaying Abel will preserve an extremely important work by one of the world’s best-known artists, and will ensure that the painting can once more be on display for the benefit and enjoyment of our many visitors. The new research and discoveries which will arise from the project will form part of our numerous public and university teaching programmes."

MAJOr Gift Establishes Centre For the Study of Drawings at The Courtauld

Courtauld students in the Drawings and Prints Room

The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce a major philanthropic gift of £600,000 from the International Music and Art Foundation to create the IMAF Centre for the Study and Conservation of Drawings at The Courtauld Gallery.

The IMAF Centre for Drawings is funded for a period of five years and aims to transform the long-term future of the collection. The International Music and Art Foundation will support the conservation of the collection; a new cataloguing system will radically improve and enrich the use of the collection online by scholars and the public. Exhibitions, catalogues and a series of special displays will present new research and will further promote public enjoyment of the collection.

Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, commented: ‘We are very grateful to the International Music and Art Foundation for this exceptionally generous and far-sighted gift. It will help to ensure that the stewardship of this great collection continues to develop in order to meet the needs of the public and new generations of scholars and students.’

Ranging from the early Renaissance to the 20th century, The Courtauld Gallery’s collection of 7,000 drawings and watercolours is one of the very finest of its kind in the United Kingdom. It includes masterpieces by artists ranging from Dürer and Michelangelo to Cézanne and Picasso.  Numerous other artists are represented in depth, including such major figures as Rembrandt, Rubens and Turner. Find out more



Courtauld Gallery Announces exhibition programme for 2011

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Jane Avril, c.1891-92 © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

This morning The Courtauld Gallery announced next year's exhibition programme. In 2011 the Gallery will stage three major exhibitions: Life, Legend, Landscape: Victorian
Drawings and Watercolours
; Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin Rouge; and The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso. Find out more

In addition, The Courtauld will embark on a refurbishment project of the Fine Rooms on the first floor, bringing the spaces to a high decorative standard. The world famous collection will be re-hung, thereby improving and enlivening its display and interpretation in order to enhance the visitor experience even further.


Opening Minds to Art: Launch of the CAmpaign for the Courtauld

Today we are launching our exciting new film about The Courtauld which forms part of our current fundraising campaign. It contains interesting interviews with our distinguished alumni, faculty and students.
We receive just one third of our £11m budget from public funding. Our campaign is to raise endowment, revenue and scholarship funds to enable The Courtauld to continue to educate the cultural visionaries of the future. We are also part of a unique matched funding programme.
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Card Players Films Go Live

The Courtauld Gallery has produced three short films about the exhibition Cézanne's Card Players. Join exhibition curators Nancy Ireson and Barnaby Wright as they present some of the higlights and explain key aspects of the show.

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CÉzanne's Card Players Opens to Critical Acclaim

Cézanne's Card Players has now opened to the public and is receiving tremendous critical acclaim. The Times say “the Courtauld at its very best ... truly remarkable" and ask "Best show in town? It's on the cards", whilst The Guardian calls the exhibition “a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

The show, which is the first to bring together Cézanne's famous paintings of peasant card players, runs until 16 January 2011. More



Courtauld Second-Hand Book SalE To Open on Wednesday

It is once again time for The Courtauld’s Second-Hand Book Sale. This annual event in the foyer of The Courtauld Institute of Art is an opportunity to pick up pick up new and gently-used books at tremendous bargains.

There is a wealth of books on art, architecture and culture, as well as gems on a variety of other subjects. All money raised goes to Student Travel Grants.

Opening times:

6 – 8 Oct, 11 – 13 Oct: daily 10.00 – 17.00
Late Openings: Wed 6 Oct & Tues 12 Oct: until 20.00



Masterpiece by Francis Bacon on Loan to The courtauld Gallery


Francis Bacon Untitled (Crouching Figures), c.1952 © The Estate of Francis Bacon, courtesy of Faggionato Fine Arts, London

From today visitors can enjoy an important painting by Francis Bacon which has been generously loaned to The Courtauld Gallery by the artist's estate.

Untitled (Crouching Figures) is one of Bacon’s most important works from the early 1950s, a period when he was emerging as the leading British painter of his generation. It belongs to a group of works in which nude figures are paired in sexually charged homoerotic compositions.

Initially Bacon’s masterpiece is presented alongside the Gallery’s Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Honoré Daumier, a painting which Bacon greatly admired. He knew Daumier’s masterpiece from his visits to The Courtauld Gallery.

The two paintings can be seen in room 14 of  The Courtauld Gallery. 
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Picture This at Somerset House - Writers' Talks in The Courtauld Gallery

Mon 4 October and Wed 13 October, 18.30 – 21.00

Somerset House Writer in Residence Romesh Gunesekera has invited six eminent writers to present their personal reflections on a Courtauld painting which particularly moves, engages or challenges them.

Book your ticket now to hear Andrew Motion, Ali Smith, Amit Chaudhuri, Ruth Padel, Michael Morpurgo and Margaret Drabble talk in front of their favourite paintings in The Courtauld Gallery. Find out more



The Courtauld’s Conservation of Wall Painting Department is currently completing the conservation of a rare and exquisite Nabataean wall painting at the world heritage site of Petra in Jordan. Dating probably from the first century AD, the painting includes delicate putti-like figures as well as naturalistic flowers, birds and insects, and decorates an area probably used for ritual dining. It provides a precious insight into the civilisation that created Petra.

For more on this project, undertaken for the Petra National Trust, see the article in The Observer.

See also a film showing other projects of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department around the world.



Trafalgar Square Maze

Head to Trafalgar Square this week where you will be able to discover the wonders of London's West End – including The Courtauld – from within a gigantic maze.

Daily between 11.00 and 20.00 until Friday uncover hidden gems by exploring the West End’s most famous streets and lanes which will reveal historical facts and watch exciting street performances . Getting lost has never been so much fun! More


Follower of Dieric Bouts the Elder: Christ Crowned with Thorns, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Don't miss the last chance to see the exhibition BLOOD TEARS FAITH DOUBT - Historical and Contemporary Encounters, curated by The Courtauld's MA in Curating students and on show until 18 July.

Uniting works from The Courtauld Gallery and the Arts Council collections, the show brings together painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and decorative arts to question how art engages the grand themes of suffering, compassion, devotion and belief. More


REturn of Reynolds's Masterpiece to Somerset House

Joshua Reynolds: Cupid and Psyche, The Courtauld Gallery, LondonFollowing major conservation, Joshua Reynolds’s Cupid and Psyche is the centrepiece of the new exhibition The Courtauld Collects! 20 Years of Acquisitions.

First exhibited in 1789 as  part of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, Reynolds's late masterpiece has now come "home" to Somerset House, where The Courtauld Gallery now occupies the same premises which were home to the Royal Academy 221 years ago.

Before it was given to The Courtauld, the painting had been in a private collection and had not been seen in public for 85 years. The canvas had buckled and had started to detach from its stretcher, and the composition was obscured behind many layers of heavily discoloured yellow varnish. Three years of conservation and cleaning has revealed the full subtlety of Reynolds’s achievement for current and future generations to enjoy. Find out more

exhibition The Courtauld Collects! Now Open

The Courtauld Collects! at The Courtauld Gallery

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Couratuld's move to Somerset House, the exhibition explores some of the exceptional new additions to The Courtauld Gallery's collection over the last two decades. Highlights include watercolours by Turner and Constable, sculptures by Degas and Rodin as well as prints by Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst.

The show, which runs until 19 September, also unveils one of the most important recent acquisitions, Joshua Reynolds's late masterpiece Cupid and Psyche. More


Degas sculpture given to The Courtauld

Degas Sculpture

Edgar Degas’ bronze sculpture Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot has been given to the Samuel Courtauld Trust through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme which enables art works deemed to be of historical or artistic importance to be given to UK museums in place of inheritance tax.


Degas’ beautiful figure of a dancer stretching was formerly owned by Samuel Courtauld who bought it at one of the earliest exhibitions of Degas bronzes at the Leicester Galleries in 1923. It is recognised as one of the artist’s most accomplished works in sculpture.


The sculpture can be seen in room 8 on the second floor of The Courtauld Gallery.




Michelangelo At NIGHT - Thurs 25 March & 29 April 2010

Visitor in the Michelangelo exhibition at The Courtauld GalleryUnwind after work and explore The Courtauld's world-famous collection and the exhibition Michelangelo's Dream. Stay late and enjoy various events throughout the evening.

Until 21.00 listen to live music in the Gallery rooms, join a guided tour of the exhibition or listen to talks highlighting masterpieces of the collection.

The evening will feature a programme of music drawn from Michelangelo’s poems displayed in the exhibition, including compositions by Benjamin Britten, Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf. The Courtauld Gallery Café will serve fruity cocktails and themed Italian food.

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Michelangelo Films and Podcasts

Michelangelo exhibition film

The Courtauld Gallery has produced three short films in which exhibition curator Dr Stephanie Buck explains different aspects of the exhibition Michelangelo's Dream. Watch films


You can also listen to podcasts to some of the poems that Michelangelo wrote for his muse Tommaso de' Cavalieri. The exhibition presents these hand-written poems to the public for the first time.

Michelangelo's Dream opens to Critical Acclaim

Michelangelo: The Dream, The Courtauld Gallery, London Michelangelo’s Dream has now opened to the public and is receiving tremendous critical acclaim. The Times say “This show works like a trumpet blast, reawakening the viewer to Michelangelo's inspirational powers”, whilst The Guardian calls it “groundbreaking” and “a sensational exhibition”.

The exhibition, which is the first to bring together a group of Michelangelo’s most celebrated drawings given by the artist to his muse Tommaso de’ Cavalieri, runs until 16 May. More

Valentine's Day Poll: Courtauld Painting Voted the Most Romantic in Britain

Gauguin Nevermore, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Paul Gauguin's painting Nevermore from The Courtauld Gallery's collection won a poll conducted by The Art Fund. Nevermore, chosen by artist and art writer Matthew Collings, beat Samuel John Peploe's Roses into second place.

Dr Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, said: "I am delighted that so many people voted for The Courtauld's masterpiece. I think people are drawn to this painting because it is so rich in its possibilities and it is not as straightforward as it might initially seem, with the raven and the figures in the background bringing a sense of mystery."

Sunday Telegraph article

Valentine's Day Poll: Vote for your Favourite Romantic Artwork


Paul Gauguin Nevermore, The Courtauld Gallery
Paul Gauguin, Nevermore (detail) , 1897 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

In time for Valentine’s Day, artist and art writer Matthew Collings has selected Paul Gauguin’s Nevermore from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection as his favourite ‘romantic’ work of art.

He said: “Gauguin's Nevermore – that's a painting in which a sense of light is created by a glowing emanation of colour. A photo can never do it justice: the tones are actually rather dark, and the texture is mostly rough and dry. For me the word ‘romantic’ in a painting context means feeling. It has nothing to do with subject matter. The romantic ideal is summed up for me by this painting because of its sense of restless change within an overall order, shifting registers, and many possible points of focus backed up by a feeling of confident, constant unity.“

Nevermore and other paintings by Paul Gauguin can be seen in room 3 in The Courtauld Gallery.

Vote for your favourite romantic artwork on public display on The Art Fund’s Valentine’s poll: You have until 17.00 on Thursday 11 February to vote and can enter a competition to win a special prize.

Sky Arts Documentary: Tim Marlow At The Courtauld

Tim Marlow and Sky Arts film crew in The Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld is proud to continue the media partnership with Sky Arts. Together with the UK's only stable of arts channels the Gallery is raising awareness of its outstanding collection and exhibitions.

Sky Arts has produced a 90 minute documentary on The Courtauld with broadcaster, art historian and Courtauld alumnus Tim Marlow,  which will premiere on Sky Arts 2 HD and Sky Arts 2 on the following dates:

Part 1: Sunday 7 February, 19.30

Part 2: Sunday 14 February, 19.30
Part 3: Sunday 21 February, 19.30

Find out more about the programme

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East Wing Collection IX Now Open

East Wing Collection at The Courtauld Institute of Art The new student-curated exhibition EAST WING IX: Exhibitionism - The Art of Display has opened at The Courtauld Institute of Art. 

The show explores contemporary art through various methods of display. These include a spectacular re-imagining of an Academy Hang and a modern-day Cabinet of Curiosities. In this way, Exhibitionism directly challenges currently accepted ways of presenting art.

The exhibition contains works by Damien Hirst, Luke Jerram, Polly Morgan, Grayson Perry and Keith Tyson. Free admission, open on selected weekends each month. More

COMING SOON: Michelangelo exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery

Courtauld Gallery Paper Conservator restauring a print for the exhibition
Paper Conservator Katharine Lockett restoring a print which will be shown in the exhibition
With only a few weeks until the opening, the preparations for our next exhibition Michelangelo’s Dream are nearly complete. Important loans from world-famous collections such as the Vatican Library, Chatsworth House, the Casa Buonarroti and the Royal Collection have already arrived at The Courtauld.

Michelangelo’s Dream is one of the finest of all Italian Renaissance drawings and is amongst The Courtauld's greatest treasures. On show from 18 February the exhibition will explore the making and meaning of this celebrated drawing in the context of related works by Michelangelo and his contemporaries. Find out more




Art Newspaper Interview with Deborah Swallow

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