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.


Course delivery details

You can attend these lectures on campus or online.

On-campus course delivery: lectures are at our Vernon Square campus at 7pm, followed by discussion and drinks, pre-course and further reading, and handout materials on our Virtual Learning Environment.

Online course delivery:  This online lecture series consists of pre-recorded lectures, released weekly over 10 weeks (Autumn and Spring terms) or  5 weeks (Summer term), and each viewable for a fortnight; pre-course and further reading, handout materials and a discussion forum on our Virtual Learning Environment;  live Q&As for each lecture, delivered via Zoom on Mondays at 20:00 (London time) (Autumn and Spring terms); and on Wednesdays at 20:00 (London time) (Summer term).

Agents of change: Women Artists in German and Austrian Modernism

Autumn term
Tuesday 4 October – Tuesday 6 December, 19:00
On campus
Monday 10 October – Monday 12 December, 20:00 [London]

The concept of modernism was once considered the domain of the male ‘rebel’. In recent decades this frame has been adjusted in recognition of the pioneering women who played a key role in new cultural networks…

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i Kӓthe Kollwitz, Weberzug, c.1893-7. Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Flesh, Spirit, Power: The Body in Spanish Art 1400s to 1700s

Spring term
Tuesday 10 January – Tuesday 14 March, 19:00
On campus
Monday 16 January – Monday 20 March, 20:00 [London]

Some of the most memorable bodies in Western painting and sculpture can be found in Spanish art.  Among them are Bartolomé Bermejo’s bejewelled St Michael, the contorted prophets of Alonso Berruguete and tortured saints of Jusepe Ribera, and the enigmatic infantas, kitchen maids and nude ‘Rokeby’ Venus of Diego Velázquez…

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Painting of a group of elongated figures set against a stormy background. i El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), The Vision of Saint John, ca. 1608-14, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Image: metmuseum.org

Photography and the French avant-garde from Delacroix to Cézanne

Summer term
Tuesday 25 April – Tuesday 23 May*, 19:00
On campus
Wednesday 3 May – Wednesday 31 May*, 20:00 [Online]

*NB start and finish dates have been changed
The online Q&A will now take place on Wednesdays, due to the unusual number of Monday Bank Holidays in May 2023 (3 including one for the coronation of King Charles III)

The key position that photography now occupies in the context of contemporary art has encouraged a renewed interest in art-historical studies of the vibrant dialogue between photography and painting…

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A black and white photograph of several people looking into a photography studio. i Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, Nadars Atelier in Marseille, c.1897, photograph. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Archive: Showcasing Art History, 2021-2022 series