Issue 21 : Spring 2006
Aspects of Art History
In October 2006, we are introducing an evening course, ‘Aspects of Art History’. It will run on Tuesday evenings with a series of twenty-five lectures, taught in three terms throughout the year. The lectures focus on features of European art history, approached in a chronological way from antiquity to the present, as well as on various aspects of global art.
More Study Trips
We have a full programme of Study Trips, with many new locations, including Prague, Vienna, St Petersburg and Florence, as well as the Sinai and Jordan.
Further information about all these programmes.
We have twenty seven courses on offer this year, with a broad range of themes, including Russian, Indian and Chinese art as well as photography and contemporary art. The Schools draw an increasing range of students with many younger people attending as well as professionals who take a week off work to join us, and we are pleased that more and more students travel from overseas to take part.
The titles of the courses are:
WEEK 1: 10-14 July
Narrative Art in England, 1170 - 1348: Miracles, Romance, and the End of Time;
In the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi: Art and Artists in the Service of the Franciscan order in Umbria and Tuscany (1226-c.1450);
Early Netherlandish Painting: Making and Meaning;
Graphic Practices in Venice and The Veneto c1450 – 1800;
Making it New: Modernism in the Early Twentieth Century;
From Pollock to Pop: American Art c. 1945-72;
Brilliant!: Contemporary British Art.
WEEK 2: 17-21 July
In the Steps of the Sacred: Art and Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance;
Chisel v Brush: Sculpture and Painting in Renaissance Tuscany;
Architecture and Landscape: The Tudor House, its Garden and Setting;
From Restoration to Revolution. Fashion in England and France 1660 – 1789;
Making Faces: Portraiture in 18th Century England;
Instamatic Gratification: A Short History of Postmodern Photography;
The Development and World Influence of Chinese Porcelain.
WEEK 3: 24-28 July
The Classical Body: Ideal and Transgression;
The ‘High Renaissance’: Art and Architecture in Rome 1500-1527;
Country Life: The English Country House and its Role in Society, 1550-1800;
The Art of Rebellion: Pre-Raphaelitism in Context;
Scythes to Soviets: 19th and 20th Century Art in Russia;
Expressionism, Dada, Bauhaus and Beyond;
Art for Sultan and Shah.
Dr Cecily HennessyHead of Short Courses
Laura Asherman Payne has enjoyed a range of courses and Study Trips and records her impressions:
In Discourse III, Reynolds mentions the difficulty in addressing a diverse audience: ‘It is not easy to speak with propriety to so many Students of different ages and different degrees of advancement. The mind requires nourishment adapted to its growth... .’ That same concern is reflected in the care with which the Courtauld Short Courses and Study Trips are taught. Emphasis on enquiry and on the experiential invites participation and contribution by those of diverse backgrounds.
I have really enjoyed the various courses I have taken and in particular the lively debate amongst the students on the Carravagio course taught by Dr Sheila McTighe, and the inside look at curatorial choices in ‘Art for Sultan and Shah’, a course on sixteenth-century Turkey and Iran. While in Istanbul, atop the Roman aqueduct, our (intrepid) fellow travellers viewed Istanbul’s skyline, Ottoman domes and minarets reinterpreting and rivalling the glory of the Haghia Sophia. Ravenna for me symbolised the intellectual vigour and the camaraderie of shared study on a Courtauld trip. There, the astonishing artistry and the biblical, political and social interpretations of the mosaics offered us a truly thought provoking experience.