Showcasing Art History - Britain ∩ Europe - Part I - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Showcasing Art History – Britain ∩ Europe – Part I

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Showcasing Art History – Encounters in Art: early middle ages to the 17th century

Showcasing Art History – Britain ∩ Europe – Part I

Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, London

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  • Dr Anne Puetz - Short Courses, Courtauld Institute of Art

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£195 for 10 lectures Tuesdays, 6.30 pm

Lectures cannot be attended individually

In this first part of our series, we shall investigate the strong transnational connections fostered by patronage, particularly by the cultural exchanges sponsored by monastic orders such as the Benedictines who closely connected the Christian world by a dense network of pilgrimage routes and religious sites. 

We shall look at the international reach of artists and artefacts related to such patronage, and at the beginnings of distinct cultural expressions at home and influential abroad. Among those were for instance the medieval embroidered textiles known as ‘opus anglicanum’ (‘English work’) and very distinctive styles of architecture and manuscript illumination.  Of course, we shall also explore what it meant for British art to leave that common religious ground, beginning with Henry VIII’s break with the Roman Church and by successive consolidations of a distinctly Protestant identity.

The dynastic aspirations and claims of successive British monarchs meanwhile encouraged a different sort of internationalism, by way of their acquisitions of Continental art – most notably exemplified in Charles’ I’s stupendous assembly of European masters – and in the employment of leading foreign artists.  The influx in particular of Netherlandish and German artists – from Holbein via Van Dyck to Lely and Kneller – strongly influenced British art throughout the period from the Renaissance to the beginning of the eighteenth century. 

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