i Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Inter artes et naturam (Between Art and Nature), detail, c. 1890-95, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Spring School online

The Spring School programme for 2023 will be announced in December 2022. You may be interested in our Summer School or Autumn School.

Variations on a Theme:
Modernism in Art and Music

Dr Charlotte de Mille and Benedict Collins Rice

5 pre-recorded lectures and 3 live Zoom seminars on Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 March

An art historian and a musician join forces to shed light on the nature, complexities and challenges of ‘Modernism’ by exploring shared themes of ‘revolution’, subjectivity, abstraction, spontaneity and chance.  The course features contributions from The Facade Ensemble – a group founded to perform the repertoire of musical modernism.

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i Léon Bakst, Two beauties. Costume design for Nikolai Tcherepnin’s ballet ‘Narcissus’, 1911. Image: Wikimedia commons.

Making Sense of Key
Concepts of Western Art:

‘Nature’, ‘Life’ and Lifelikeness

Dr Thomas Balfe

5 pre-recorded lectures and 5 live Zoom seminars from Monday 28 March to Friday 1 April, with an optional course visit on Saturday 2 April 2022, 10:00-13:00
£195; a £45 supplement for the optional visit

The concept of ‘truth to nature’ lies at the heart of our understanding of Western art from the Renaissance to the late eighteenth century and beyond. Our course illuminates this important principle and its implications for the education of artists, for art making and for the depiction and understanding of the material world more widely.

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i Albrecht Dürer, Hare, 1502. The Albertina Museum, Vienna. Image: Wikimedia commons.

An Introduction to
Art History

Dr Anne Puetz and Clare Richardson

10 pre-recorded lectures and 5 live Zoom seminars from Monday 4 April to Friday 8 April 2022

Led by an art historian and a conservator, this course familarises students with the essentials of art history: periodisation and style, terminology, media and materials, critical methodology, and insights into curatorship and conservation.

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A man sits at a table and inspects a statue i Pierre Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Ambroise Vollard, 1908, The Courtauld (London), (Samuel Courtauld Trust), © The Courtauld

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