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The Courtauld Institute of Art
London WC2R 0RN
Our Study Tours offer the opportunity to spend time with an expert art historian and like-minded enthusiasts looking at works of art and architecture in their original settings. In their choices of themes and locations, the tours derive directly from our tutors’ current research interests, and they take in relevant exhibitions in situ or incorporate sites and monuments off the beaten track and sometimes those not usually accessible to the public. In 2018, we offer explorations of
• French and Francophile avant-garde art (the Paris and Nice tours)
• medieval art and architecture (Burgundy and British Gothic)
• the work of Tintoretto, a towering figure of sixteenth-century art (Venice)
• the enchanting combination of global Islamic treasures and Scandinavian setting (Copenhagen)
• the cultural impact of trendsetting world cities (New York, Berlin, Paris) and
• the riches of Renaissance Tuscany (Lucca, Florence). The Tuscan tours are moreover timed in such a way that those who wish can explore Lucca and nearby Florence in direct succession.
Our tutors provide first-rate scholarly content and an in-depth familiarity with their chosen destinations, while our small group sizes foster a climate of friendly sociability and intellectual exchange. Learning about the wider historical background to a particular artistic theme is not always easy in busy, often urban, surroundings and we have therefore added an element of contextualisation to our 2018 tours. This may take the form of relevant preliminary reading material on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), of a short seminar or Gallery visit at The Courtauld, or, where possible, of a class-room session at a tour’s main destination. It may be possible to film the Courtauld seminars for the VLE, for those who cannot come to the Institute in person.
All tours start in the morning of the first day, usually between 9 and 10 am, and end by around 4 pm on the final day. It is therefore advised that you arrive on the day before the tour starts.
Tour fees remain as they were last year: £275 for two-day tours, £410 for three-day tours and £545 for four-day tours. The new, five-day tour to New York and Philadelphia is a little more expensive pro-rata per day, in order to offset the considerably higher entrance fees to museums and galleries in the United States, and the return journeys to Philadelphia and one other destination outside the city of New York.
The tour fee includes tuition, entry to all museum and sites, and transport (by train or where necessary, by coach) between destinations in the case of tours that visit more than one town or city. It does not include travel to and from the city/main destination of the tour, or accommodation: students are free to make their own arrangements. Study Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 students. All Study Tours include a good deal of walking and require a reasonable degree of physical fitness and mobility. Please contact us if you have any doubts over your suitability to take part in any of the tours.