Showcasing Art History
As the programme name implies, the series aims to share the latest art-historical thinking, and The Courtauld’s excellence in teaching and research, with the wider public. The lectures are open to everyone over the age of 18, aim for a lively delivery and are given by members of the faculty, by associates and alumni of The Courtauld, and by other eminent scholars.
Each new season of ‘Showcasing Art History’ offers three free-standing terms. The autumn term lectures in 2021 will be delivered online. For the spring and summer terms we are planning for face-to-face teaching in our lecture theatre at Vernon Square, but will also record and make the lectures available to our online audiences, who will be given their own live Zoom discussion sessions.
Click on each term below for further information on content and how we deliver the lectures, and to book.
Liberator, Despot, (fallen) Hero: Napoleon Bonaparte and the Visual Arts
5 October – 7 December 2021
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…Course description
Portraying Van Gogh: biography, mythology and new research
11 January – 15 March 2022
17 January – 21 March 2022
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.Course description
Between Power and Conflict: Case studies of art in times of war and revolution from 1868 to today
26 April- 24 May 2022
2 May – 30 May 2022
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.Course description