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Showcasing Art History

On campus and online


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. Lectures delivered on campus at Vernon Square are recorded and made available to our online audience, who will be given their own live Zoom discussion sessions. There will be extensive course materials on the VLE for both in-person and online learners.

Lectures are given live on campus at 19:00 on Tuesdays and Zoom discussions for our online audience members take place on Wednesday at 20:00 [London time]. Terms may be booked in isolation or in combination, and discounts apply if more than one term is booked.


Course delivery details

You can opt to attend these lectures either on campus or online. If you attend on campus and have to miss one or more lectures, please send us an email requesting a recording of the relevant lecture(s) (for one week).

On-campus: lectures are given at our Vernon Square campus at 19:00, followed by discussion and drinks; the course also includes pre-course and further reading, and handout materials on our Virtual Learning Environment.

Online: the course includes pre-recorded lectures, released weekly over 10 weeks (Autumn and Spring terms) or 5 weeks (Summer term), and each lecture 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 Wednesdays at 20:00 (London time).

Antiquity, Taste, and the Self: Revisiting the Discoveries of the Grand Tour

Spring term
Tuesday 9 January – Tuesday 12 March, 19:00
On campus
Wednesday 17 January – Wednesday 20 March, 20:00 [London time]

Booking has now closed for this lecture series; however, we are accepting bookings for our summer term, please see details below. 

This lecture series explores the cultural phenomenon of the Grand Tour, one of the most significant rites of passage in early modern history. Our focus will be on Italy, the culmination of that extensive Continental journey, on the Grand Tour’s heyday in the long eighteenth century, and on its most numerous cohort, the British.

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i Carlo Labruzzi, Temple of Minerva, n.d., black chalk and watercolour on laid paper, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld.

Re-Framing: Modern and Contemporary Art by Women 1870s to Today

Summer term
Tuesday 23 April – Tuesday 21 May 2023, 19:00
On campus
Wednesday 1 May – Wednesday 29 May 2023, 20:00 [London time]

Based on selected case studies drawn from relevant current and recent exhibitions, such as Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism (Dulwich Picture Gallery) or Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1904-70 (Whitechapel Art Gallery), our Summer term lectures explore some of the theoretical and curatorial approaches underpinning the framing and staging of the work of women in the visual arts.

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A drawing of a Young Woman with long hair reclining on a chaise lounge, propping up her head with her hand i Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Young Woman reclining (Jeune Femme au Repos), 1889, ink on paper, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld