i Gerrit Dou, An Evening School, ca. 1655–57. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Evening Study at The Courtauld

In addition to our established Tuesday evening lecture series Showcasing Art History – now also online – we have created a new evening study programme for all those who find it difficult to make time for art history during the working day.

Variations on a Theme: The Renaissance in Art and Music


Evening Study + visit
Dr Amanda Hilliam and Tamsin Lewis

At our Vernon Square campus, Friday evenings, 28 October to 25 November,18:30-21:00, and a course visit on Saturday 26 November 10:00-13:00

An art historian and a musician explore shared themes, formal strategies and contexts of patronage and reception for these ‘sister arts’ during the Renaissance. The course examines a wide range of visual and aural materials and includes collections visits and live music performances.

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i Master of the Female Half-Lengths, A Woman playing the lute, c.1520-40, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg. Image: Wikimedia commons

Making Sense of Abstraction: Roots, Context and Meaning


Evening study online + visit
Emily Christensen
£195; a £45 supplement for the optional visit

This course and its waiting list is full

Online. 5 pre-recorded lectures. Live Zoom seminars on Wednesday evenings from 14 September to 12 October, at 18:00 – 19.15. If student numbers make it necessary, we will teach in two groups, with the second group scheduled for 19.30-20.45. An optional in person course visit on Saturday 8 October 10:00-13:00.

In spite of its perceived complexity and elitism, abstraction became one of the most dominant expressions of modern art.  Ranging across early European manifestations in the work of artists like Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian, to later permutations by American Abstract Expresionists and artists like Ibrahim El-Salahi, this course explores the nature, origins, meanings and reception of this fascinating mode of visual expression.

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i Wassily Kandinsky, Multicoloured Circle, 1921, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA. Image: Wikimedia commons

[Archive] Making Sense of
Ideas on Art:

A Beginner’s Course in Art theory, c.1800-c. 2000

Dr Matthias Vollmer

Online. 5 pre-recorded lectures. Live Zoom seminars on Wednesday evenings from 23 March to 20 April 18:00-19:15 [London time]

An in-depth look at some of the influential thinkers who have shaped art history, including Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Arthur Schopenhauer, Wilhelm Worringer, Nelson Goodman, David Freedberg, Gottfried Boehm and Lambert Wiesing.

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i Detail of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Philosopher in Meditation, 1632, Musée du Louvre, Paris

[Archive] Van Eyck at the
Burgundian court

Wednesday and Thursday evenings over 3 weeks, Wednesday 13 July – Thursday 28 July, 19:00-c.20:15/30 [London]
Dr Richard Williams

Online. 10 pre-recorded lectures and Live Zoom seminars on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

NB. this course has now ended

The paintings of Jan van Eyck and his contemporaries in the fifteenth-century Netherlands are examined in this course in their wider context and from fresh perspectives. These works have been admired for defining a revolutionary new approach to painting but they should also be understood within the material culture of their time…

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A man kneels in front of the Virgin Mary. A city is in the background. i Jan van Eyck, Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, c. 1435. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Image: Wikimedia