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
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.
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.
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.