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Virtual Learning Environment

The Courtauld delivers teaching resources to its students through a Virtual Learning Environment. This website provides course documents, bibliographies, programme handbooks, and excerpts from texts for class discussion. Some courses require participation in online forums, with contributions formally assessed.  

Art & Architecture: The Courtauld's collections online

The Art and Architecture web site is designed to be explored. There are more than 40,000 images here, and a network of over half a million links. There are amazing and wonderful things to find, and any number of ways of finding them.

Past in Present: Revivals in Art and Architecture

Past in Present is an online project foregrounding the phenomenon of revivalism worldwide since the nineteenth century. It demonstrates the wealth of approaches to and motivations for bringing back styles, ideologies, and techniques; it questions how and why the past was refashioned and reframed. It explores the uses and meanings of historicism, identifying diverse instances of looking to the past in order to craft the present. Past in Present is a collaboration between Ayla Lepine, Andrew W. Mellon Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and a cluster of emerging and well established curators and academics. New material will be generated monthly throughout 2012. This venture is a core element of the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum project, Revival: Utopia, Memory, Identity.

Picturing the Netherlandish Canon

The idea for Picturing the Netherlandish Canon arose during Professor Joanna Woodall's research and teaching on the subject of Netherlandish portraiture at The Courtauld Institute of Art. The project's original aim was to make the entire series of prints in Hendrik Hondius’s 1610 edition of the Pictorum aliquot celebrium praecipuae Germaniae inferioris effigies available online with high-quality images, together with the first English translation of all the Latin texts. The format of the Effigies, a series of artists' portraits accompanied by Latin poems, is a distinctively Netherlandish form of ‘art literature’, forming an alternative to the biographies and academic art theory that were emerging in Italy in the second half of the sixteenth century. In collaboration with Dr. Stephanie Porras, the ambitions of the project expanded to encompass an online exhibition, as well as accompanying essays on the Effigies, in order to facilitate a closer and more precise analysis of both individual prints and the series as a whole.

The Picturing the Netherlandish Canon website aims to act not only as a scholarly resource, but as a forum for discussion and continued debate. The project therefore solicits additional bibliographic references and critical commentary, pertaining either to the 1610 Effigies or to individual portrait prints, for inclusion on the site. If you would like to contribute material to be incorporated online, please email with your name, academic affiliation and proposed addenda.


Once registered, students will have on-site access to the digitised slide library. The collection contains more than 200,000 slides covering a range of subjects from painting, sculpture and architecture to illuminated manuscripts, prints and decorative arts. The core of this collection is currently being digitzed. Slides and and digital images are used by teaching staff to illustrate lectures and classes, and by students for presentations. At present the database contains over 75,000 images and grows week by week.

Journals and Databases

The Book Library provides access to a number of bibliographic databases and other online resources for Courtauld students and staff.

Some resources are accessible on campus only and others are also accessible off campus using Athens username and password.