i Francesco Lazzaro Guardi, Landscape (Capriccio), 1780, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Study Tours Online

Visiting what is Lost: The Courtauld Study Tours 2021 – Online

Introduction

Since the summer of 2020, we have successfully ‘travelled’ in a virtual way, replacing the now impossible experience of being abroad with an unhurried immersion in the wider cultures of our famous destinations.

Our virtual Study Tours explore what is no longer visitable: once-famous buildings, squares and gardens that have been demolished or are inaccessible to the public, and more importantly still, the vanished cultures of the past.

Our tours consider urban spaces, buildings, gardens, and works of art within the context of their contemporary court cultures and artistic milieux, literature, poetry and music.  We provide lectures and ample contextual reading and other materials in advance of an extended Sunday seminar and discussion, so that students have time to immerse themselves fully in the subject and can actively participate  in the live session.

In 2021, out destinations are the capitals of modern art Munich, Brussels and Paris; Renaissance Mantua; the heady art world of 20th-century New York City; and most poignantly, the great and now ravaged Syrian cities of Aleppo and Damascus, that were once bywords for the peaceful co-existence of different cultures and religions.

Our programmes for 2022 will be online early in December

Paris and the
Russian Avant-Garde

Dr Natalia Murray
Delivered online
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 May 2021
£145

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In the course of this online study tour, we shall immerse ourselves in the Paris of the turn of the twentieth century, when Russian artists, along with many other artistic immigrants, settled into the bohemian district of Montparnasse…

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A man sits at his desk; a painting of fruit is shown behind him. i Valentin Serov, Ivan Morozov, 1910. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Renaissance Mantua

Dr Barbara Furlotti and Dr Guido Rebecchini
Delivered online
Friday 14 – Sunday 16 May 2021
£145

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The fame of Mantua is indissolubly tied to the Gonzaga family, who ruled over the city from 1328 to 1707. Successful men of arms and cunning politicians, the Gonzaga were also active patrons of the arts. In this online study tour, we shall investigate Renaissance court culture and patronage by immersing ourselves in the world of the Gonzaga…

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A map of the city of Mantua, which is surrounded by lakes on most sides. i Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg, Mantua, 1645. BnF, Paris

Brussels, Capital of the Fin-de-Siècle

Dr Rachel Sloan
Delivered online
Friday 4 –Sunday 6 June 2021
£145

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While we might be accustomed to thinking of Paris as ‘the capital of the nineteenth century’, Brussels can also make a fair claim to that title…

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The colourful facade of a townhouse, painted with many women holding symbols of industry and art. i Façade detail of Cauchie House; 5 Rue des Francs. Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium. Image: LBM1948, Wikimedia

Munich in the Early Twentieth Century

Dr Niccola Shearman and Maria Mehlstäubl-Truman
Delivered online
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 September 2021
£145

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After 1900, the city of Munich rivalled Paris as a cosmopolitan hub of experiment. Stepping onto fertile ground prepared by the first Secessionist artists, here it was that Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Gabriele Mϋnter and others developed an emotional Expressionism, in which colour and form were to serve an ‘inner necessity’…

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A lady stares into the window of a hat shop. i August Macke, Hutladen, 1913, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich

Syrian Journeys: Aleppo and Damascus

Professor Sussan Babaie
Delivered online
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 September 2021
£145

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This is a journey to places beyond our reach. It is to Aleppo’s seventeenth-century houses where Armenian merchant families bedecked their houses with architectural and decorative features that announced to their business partners their mercantile networks reaching to Istanbul, Isfahan and Surat and to Marseille and Venice…

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A street of tall narrow houses; below cars and people bustle. i Tilel Street, Aleppo, 1970s

Uptown, Midtown, Downtown:
An Art-Historical Tour of Manhattan, c.1920-1970

MaryKate Cleary and Dr Tom Day
Delivered online
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 October 2021
£145

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In this study tour we shall explore the art-historical past of one of the globe’s most dynamic cultural capitals: New York City. Covering a fifty-year period, we shall witness dramatic shifts in New York’s landscape of visual culture as we examine movements from Realism to Abstract Expressionism; Happenings, to Pop and Minimalism…

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The skyline of New York City, full of towers. i Cityscape - New York City, Conway Library, The Courtauld, London © The Courtauld

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