i Stefano della Bella, Fame, 1649-50, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. metmuseum.org

Showcasing Art History


As the programme name implies, our evening lecture series Showcasing Art History shares the latest art-historical thinking and The Courtauld’s excellence in research and teaching with the wider public. The lectures aim for a lively delivery and are given by members of the Courtauld faculty, by associates and alumni of our college, and by other eminent scholars.

Each new season of ‘Showcasing Art History’ offers three free-standing terms that may be booked in combination or individually. In January  2022 we returned to face-to-face teaching in the lecture theatre at our campus in Vernon Square on  Tuesday evenings.  Lectures are recorded live on campus and shared with our online audience, who are given their own Zoom discussion sessions on the Monday following each Tuesday.

Find out further information on content and how we deliver the lectures, and how to book below.

This season of Showcasing Art History is now finished. The new season starts in October 2022 online and on campus at Vernon Square; the new Showcasing programme will be published and we aim for booking to open in late June.


Between Power and Conflict: Case studies of art in times of war and revolution from 1868 to today

Summer term
26 April- 24 May 2022
On campus
2 May – 30 May 2022

This term has ended on campus and online

In recent months, museums and galleries around the world have been forced to respond to the increasingly urgent call to return the famous Benin bronzes to Nigeria, from where they had been taken, as part of some 10,000 royal and sacred objects, during a British punitive expedition in 1897.

You may also be interested in the following courses on related topics:

Cultural Heritage in Conflict: the Legacy of Looted Art with Alice Farren-Bradley. Monday 6 June – Friday 10 June

Decolonising the Museum: International Perspectives on Colonial Legacies, Representation and Repatriation with Alice Farren-Bradley. Monday 27 June – Friday 1 July

Find out more about the course
An American GI inspects a looted Durer print in the Merkers salt mine complexines. i An American GI inspects a looted Durer print in the Merkers salt mine complex, c.1945. Photo: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD

[Archive] Liberator, Despot, (fallen) Hero: Napoleon Bonaparte and the Visual Arts

Autumn term
5 October – 7 December 2021

All places are now allocated for this course

2021 marks the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose immense legacy and problematic balance-sheet of achievements and atrocities continues to spark scholarly debate and divide opinion…

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A french general on horseback in a rocky and stormy mountainside. His name is inscribed on a rock below. i Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1801. Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison. Image: Wikimedia commons.

[Archive] Portraying van Gogh: Biography, Mythology and New Research

Spring term
11 January – 15 March 2022
On campus – NOW FULL
17 January – 21 March 2022
Online – NOW FULL

What is left to say on the world’s most famous painter? Coinciding with the first ever exhibition devoted to Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits across his entire career, to be held at The Courtauld Gallery from February to May 2022, this course seeks to challenge conventional thinking and present new research on van Gogh. It aims to go beyond the myth to rediscover the man and the artist.

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Van Gogh Self Portrait with bandaged ear i Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld