i Top-floor exhibition room, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, photo © Hufton & Crow

Saturday Study

On campus and online

Saturday Study delivers short, intensive and, we hope, enjoyable events that help to give further context to our temporary exhibitions, or use selected works from our permanent collections as starting points for the investigation of significant art-historical themes.

In 2022, Saturday Study events will take place in the Lecture Theatre at Vernon Square; they will also be recorded, and a recording of the lectures only will be made available online from the following Monday for the duration of six days. Saturday Study aims to be as accessible as possible, and offers concessions to recipients of Universal or Pension Credit and to full-time students. Companions of disabled participants are given free access.

Events happen on a Saturday morning or afternoon once a term.

Summer term 2022

[Archive] Object/Subject: Modern Women in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist Art

Saturday 14 May, 11:00-13:00

Dr Anne Puetz and Dr Niccola Shearman

Women feature prominently in a number of key works from The Courtauld’s  modern collections, appearing as barmaids, nudes, dancers or fashionable sitters in portraits.  Looking beyond our own collections, it is clear that in much avant-garde art – mostly painted by men – women abound as ‘subject-matter’; as objects to be looked at, to put it another way.  This event foregrounds a number of striking women artists of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Berthe Morisot, Gabriele Münter, Marianne Werefkin and Paula Modersohn Becker, and explores the connections between women (as subject-matter and as agents) and wider nineteenth-century concepts and connotations of modernity.  We shall look closely at the ways nineteenth century attitudes to women and their experience reveal themselves in paint, and ask how these differ when the woman herself is the producer of the work.  Progressing into the early twentieth century, we shall discuss the boundaries to be negotiated by female painters, considering the ways in which they bridged the gap between their desire to work in a man’s world, and society’s expectations of an appropriate feminine identity. For each of these artists, complex questions of creative agency are at stake.

This event has now finished; and online booking is closed:

Online (as a recording) £20 (£10 concessions).  The recording of the event will be available to online students on Monday 16 May from 14:00 [London time] to 12:00 [London time] on Monday 23 May.

On campus booking is now closed:
On campus at Vernon Square: £45 (£35 concessions), includes refreshments and admission to The Courtauld Gallery permanent collections] – NOW FULL AND BOOKING CLOSED

The woman wears a white dress and purple flowers tucked in her neckline. She looks out with a blank expression.
Berthe Morisot, Portrait of a Woman, 1872-5, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Spring term 2022

[Archive] Reflecting on Van Gogh’s Self-Portraits

Saturday 12 March, 11:00 – 13:00 – this event has now finished

Dr Karen Serres in conversation with Dr Anne Puetz

Today, Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings achieve fantastic sums at auctions, his style is unmistakable, and his popular recognition arguably the highest of any modern painter. Collectively, we feel that we ‘know’ this artist.  The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition Van Gogh’s Self-Portraits (3 February – 8 May 2022), the first ever devoted to the artist’s self-portraits across his entire career, asks us to think again, drawing on new research about his social networks, and about the works themselves.   Exhibition curator Dr Karen Serres will reflect on both entrenched myths and the new perspectives gained about Van Gogh as man and artist.

Attend on campus or online:

On campus at Vernon Square: £45 (£35 concessions), includes refreshments and admission to the exhibition Van Gogh Self-Portraits* 


*Your ticket price includes one free entry between now and the end of the exhibition on 8 May. You will be sent a promo code to use once your booking is confirmed. Please note that places for entry to the Van Gogh exhibition are filling fast.

Online (as a recording) £20 (10 concessions). The recording of the event will be available to online students on Monday 14 March from 14:00 [London time] to 12:00 [London time] on Monday 21 March 2022.


[Archive] “An Object of National Splendour”: Somerset House and the British Empire

Saturday 11 December, 14:30 – 16:30 [London]

Delivered online

The Courtauld Gallery reopened its doors to the public on 19 November. As audiences return to its home in Somerset House, our Study Day explores this magnificent building in depth. Somerset House was the most significant public building project in Britain in the late eighteenth century, and originally housed a number of key government offices, including the headquarters of the Navy Board, alongside England’s major learned societies. Our Study Day investigates the building’s sophisticated construction and external ornamentation, as well as its function and symbolic role within a wider network of British imperial spaces and architectures.

Speakers: Kyle Leyden, Dr Emily Mann, Dr Anne Puetz
Moderated by Dr Anne Puetz

Please Note: BOOKING HAS NOW CLOSED for this event


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A view of Somerset House's arches and courtyard. i Attributed to Frederick Mackenzie, Somerset House from the Aldwych entrance, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld