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Evening Lectures, Series 15, 2020-21

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The Courtauld Short Courses 2020 – Online

Showcasing Art History 2020-21

Showcasing Art History, 2020-21

We are delighted to announce the new season of our art history evening lecture series ‘Showcasing Art History’.  As the programme name implies, the series aims to share the latest art-historical thinking, and The Courtauld’s excellence in teaching and research, with the wider public.  The lectures are open to everyone over the age of 18, aim for a lively delivery and are given by members of the faculty, or by eminent associates and alumni of The Courtauld.

Each new season of ‘Showcasing Art History’ offers three free-standing terms. In the context of the continuing uncertainty over the development of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to deliver the autumn term lectures online again. For the spring and summer terms, we continue to keep an open mind; we envisage them to be taught face-to-face in Vernon Square, but if, by around early December, teaching at our campus looked unlikely for the spring term, we would also plan for an alternative delivery online. If possible, we may also run courses on campus and online simultaneously.  This means that for now, booking is currently only open for the autumn lectures. However, please keep the dates for the spring and summer terms, and please drop us a line with expressions of interest, so that a place will be there for you later.

Our 2020-21 Programme

Two people inspect a Van Eyck painting in a conservation studio.

Autumn Term

Jan van Eyck and his world: recent discoveries and new research

6 October to 10 December 2020
In two parts of 5 lectures each N.B. these can be booked separately

An in-depth look at the art of Jan Van Eyck and his contemporaries. The term, led by Van Eyck specialist Dr Susan Jones, is informed by the latest research, exhibition and conservation projects relating to this towering figure of fifteenth-century Netherlandish art. With contributions by Dr Paula Nuttall and Dr Geoffrey Nuttall.

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Boys play in a musical ensemble. They wear white togas. Behind them is an angel. All the boys are infact the same model.
Caravaggio, The Musicians, 1597. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Spring Term

From Caravaggio to Giovanna Garzoni: new subjects and newly discovered careers in the arts of 17th-century southern Europe

12 January to 16 March 2021
In one part of 10 lectures

This term will be led by Dr Sheila McTighe, with contributions by Dr Giulia Martina Weston and Chloe Bazlen.

These lectures will offer fresh perspectives on 17th-century art: a focus on new subject-matters and technical innovations employed by such well-known personalities as Caravaggio, the Carraci, Bernini and Poussin, and also on the rediscovery or revaluation of the careers of a number of significant women artists, including Giovanna Garzoni and Artemisia Gentileschi.

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A woman look out over the top of a fabric model of a washing machine. Her hand rests on her face.
Helen Chadwick, In the Kitchen (Fridge), 1977 © The Artist; reproduced with Richard Saltoun Gallery’s kind permission

Summer Term

Taboos and Liberations: Gender and Sexuality in British Art, 1950-1988

27 April to 25 May 2021
In one part of 5 lectures

A term of 5 lectures on questions of gender and sexuality in British post-war art, led by Dr Catherine Howe.

This lecture series will explore British art produced from the 1950s into the 1980s, an era of ground-breaking creativity that confronted societal taboos and raised awareness of gender and sexual orientation inequality, challenging the stereotypical British ‘stiff upper lip’. We will focus on a range of artists, landmark exhibitions and historical moments of freedom and oppression.

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