Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album - in context

Saturday, 2 May 2015

10:30 - 16:30

The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition reassembles all the known sheets from one of Goya's eight celebrated albums of 'private' drawings. These albums, each distinct in subject-matter, style and technique, were created relatively late in Goya's life, after he had survived a near-fatal illness that left him profoundly deaf from his early fifties, but still drawing at the age of eighty-two. They have been described as journals that record, in virtuoso manner, Goya’s innermost reflections on the world around him and on human nature. The exhibition curators, distinguished Goya-scholar Juliet Wilson-Bareau and Stephanie Buck, The Courtauld’s Curator of Drawings, and colleagues will shed light on this feat of international research and reconstruction, on the place of the album in Goya's oeuvre, and on the themes of witchcraft and old age in art more widely.

Speakers are exhibition curators Dr Juliet Wilson-Bareau (independent scholar and curator) and Dr Stephanie Buck (Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery), Kate Edmondson (Conservator of Works on Paper, The Courtauld Gallery), Peter Bower (forensic paper historian and paper analyst), Professor Deanna Petherbridge and Gail Turner (independent scholars)

egon schiele: The radical nude - In context


Saturday, 13 December 2014
10: 30 - 16:30

The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition focuses on the important Austrian painter Egon Schiele’s extraordinary images of male and female nudes. Taking the artist’s radically original approach to the representation of the human figure as a starting point, our speakers will illuminate more widely a world in violent upheaval. Old certainties, conventions
and structures in art, literature, music, society and politics were broken up and discarded in the early years of the twentieth century. The Vienna of Egon Schiele, Arthur
Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud and their contemporaries was a place of pivotal importance in the development of European modernism, and of its troubled history.


Speakers are exhibition curator Barnaby Wright (Daniel Katz Curator of 20th-century art, The
Courtauld Gallery), Peter Vergo (Professor Emeritus, Art History Department, University of Essex), Andrew Webber (Professor of Modern German and Comparative Culture, University of Cambridge) and Charlotte de Mille (Hon. Research Associate University of Bristol)

court and craft: a masterpiece from nothern iraq - In context

Saturday, 3 May 2014
10:30 - 16.15

The Courtauld Gallery's inlaid metalwork bag is a splendid example of the wide range of exquisite luxury objects that were made, early in the fourteenth century, in the great trading city of Mosul, in northern Iraq.  The area was ruled by the powerful Mongul dynasty of the Il-Khanids, and our speakers will explore their decisive patronage of the arts, their cosmopolitan court culture, and the status and influence of their noblewomen.  

Our speakers are exhibition curator Rachel Ward (independent scholar); Charles Melville (Professor of Persian History, University of Cambridge); Oliver Watson (I.M.Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Oxford), and Mehreen Chida-Razvi (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).

the young dÜrer: drawing the figure - In context

Saturday, 30 November 2013
10:30 - 16.15

Albrecht Dürer is a towering figure of German Renaissance art.  His innovative approach to figure drawing during his formative years is the focus of The Courtauld Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, which includes some of the masterpieces of early German art.  During the study day, our eminent speakers explore the early years of Dürer’s artistic career in greater detail, including his representation of important figure motifs, his connections to the ideas and practice of Italian Renaissance art, and his activities as a printmaker.  The day concludes with a talk on Dürer’s legacy and his significance for nineteenth- and twentieth-century German art. 

Our speakers are exhibition curator Dr Stephanie Buck (Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery), Dr Kate Heard (Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Royal Collection), Dr Mark Evans (Senior Curator of Paintings, Victoria and Albert Museum), Dr Giulia Bartrum (Assistant Keeper, Department of Prints and Drawings, The British Museum) and Dr Christian Weikop (Chancellor’s Fellow, Unversity of Edinburgh).

Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 - In context

Saturday, 27 April 2013
10:30 - 16.15

The year 1901 marked a pivotal moment in Pablo Picasso’s developing artistic career. For him, as for many ambitious artists of his and earlier generations, Paris was the European art capital and we will explore what promises and realities the city held around the turn of the century. We will also trace the sources of Picasso’s emerging Symbolism in the art of Edward Burne-Jones, Gauguin and the Nabis, and look at its full expression in the paintings of his subsequent ‘blue period’.

Confirmed speakers include the exhibition curator Dr Barnaby Wright, curators Dr Rachel Sloan and Dr Anne Robbins, art historians Lois Oliver and Dr Charlotte de Mille, and classical guitarist Matthew Robinson.

Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision - in context

A day of art and music
Saturday, 1 December 2012
10:30 - 16.15

We invite you to explore Lely's 'lyrical vision' with us in more depth. Exhibition curator Dr Caroline Campbell and British art scholar Professor Karen Hearn will illuminate Lely's Dutch background and his ambitious decision to paint pastoral scenes in such troubling times.

The music scholar Professor Peter Holman, a pioneer in the performance of early music, will look at the contemporary world of music, while the acclaimed viol player Liam Byrne's talk and recital will bring Lely's painted music back to life.

Mondrian||Nicholson in parallel - in context


Saturday 21 April 2012
10:30 - 16.15

This Study Day provides further context to the Gallery's celebration of the artistic relationship between two great modernist artists.  Learn more about Mondrian's and Nicholson's individual artistic achievements, investigate the wider artistic culture in 1930s London and look closely at the influence each artist had on the other.

Speakers are Dr Caroline Levitt, Visiting Lecturer at The Courtauld; Jeremy Lewison, independent curator, former Director of Collections at Tate, curator of the 1933 Ben Nicholson retrospective at the Tate Gallery;  Dr Lee Beard, editor of the Ben Nicholson catalogue raisonné and co-curator of the Mondrian||Nicholson exhibition, and Sam Rose, Courtauld postgraduate scholar and former Research Associate.



Saturday 10 September 2011

10.30 – 16.15

Join us to explore the extraordinary relationship between the artist and his muse and find out more about perceived connections between creativity and madness in bohemian Paris. Among other, we shall look at the popular stage, at symbolist theatre and at the reception of Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril in England.

Speakers are the exhibition curator Dr Nancy Ireson (The Courtauld Gallery), the Lecturer in Performance Studies Dr Catherine Hindson (Bristol University), the scholar of avant-garde literature, art and performance Dr Jill Fell (Birkbeck College, University of London) and the art historian Professor Anna Gruetzner Robins (Reading University).

Cezannes card players in Context

Saturday 11 December 2010

10.30 – 16.15

Join us to explore the making and meaning of these celebrated masterpieces, look at Cézanne’s treatment of the human figure and investigate the image and representation of peasants in nineteenth-century French literature.

Speakers are the exhibition curator Dr Nancy Ireson (The Courtauld Gallery), the paintings conservator and lecturer Elisabeth Reissner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), the curator Dr Anne Robbins (National Gallery, London) and the French literature scholar Professor Anne Green (King's College, London).

michelangelo's 'dream' in Context

Saturday 6 March 2010

11am - 4 pm

This study day accompanies The Courtauld Gallery's exhibition 'Michelangelo's Dream' and is intended to benefit anyone with an interest in Michelangelo, the graphic arts and Renaissance culture more widely.  It will give added context and interpretation to the exhibition’s themes. Our speakers, all specialists in their field, will illuminate the making and meaning of the ‘Dream’, set it in the context of contemporary artistic practice, and explore aspects of Renaissance art theory, philosophy and poetry.

Speakers are the exhibition curator and The Courtauld Gallery's curator of drawings, Dr Stephanie Buck, the Renaissance drawing specialist  and Birkbeck College lecturer Caroline Brooke and the scholar of Renaissance literature Professor Peter Hainsworth, Emeritus Professor of Italian at Oxford University.


art in the post-war world: frank auerbach and his contemporaries

Saturday 5 December 2009

11 am - 4 pm

The study day is intended to be of interest to anyone with an interest in modern British art.  It is our aim to place the exhibition themes in a wider cultural context and to explore more fully how Frank Auerbach and other major artists of his generation responded artistically to the challenges and possibilities of post-war Britain.

Confirmed speakers are the exhibition curator and The Courtauld Gallery's Daniel Katz Curator of Twentieth-century art Dr Barnaby Wright; the independent scholar Dr Margaret Garlake and Dr Martin Hammer, Reader in History of Art in the School of Arts, Culture and Environment, The University of Edinburgh

Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19

Saturday 12 September 2009

10 am - 3 pm

This study day is intended to be of interest to the general exhibition-going public, but also to scholars of design and the decorative arts. It is our aim to place the exhibition in a wider cultural context and to explore the exciting connections between the worlds of European avant-garde art and early 20th-century craft and design.

Lecturers are the exhibition curator, Dr Alexandra Gerstein, art historian Dr Caroline Levitt, textile historian Mary Schoeser and the renowned potter and ceramics scholar Dr Julian Stair.  Our team of distinguished speakers will explore the connections between Roger Fry and European modernism; the Omega workshops as a model of artistic collaboration; the relations between modernism and avant-garde textiles, and Omega Pottery in the wider context of European ceramics design.


Saturday 9 May 2009

10 am - 3 pm

The study day is intended to be of interest to the general exhibition-going public, but also to Renaissance scholars. It is our aim to place the exhibition in a wider cultural context and to explore aspects of elite domesticity in early Renaissance Florence – ‘high’ art and material culture, luxury, fashion, women’s roles and status, and ‘ideal’ love as well as the realities of marriage as an institution.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Caroline Campbell, Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings at the Courtauld Gallery  and curator of Love and Marriage; Professor Evelyn Welch, Professor of Renaissance Studies in the English Department and Academic Dean for Arts at Queen Mary, University of London; Dr Dilwyn Knox, Reader in Renaissance Studies in the Italian Department at University College London, University of London and

Professor Jane Everson, Professor of Italian Literature in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London



Saturday 17th January 2009

9.30 - 1.45pm

This study day accompanies the Courtauld Gallery’s eponymous exhibition and has been devised both  for Turner specialists and  for interested members of the general public.   Both exhibition and study day focus in the wider sense on Turner’s skilful orchestration of his reputation and on his pursuit of ‘fame’.

Within this context, our speakers will investigate aspects of Turner’s working practice and artistic legacy, of art ‘tourism’ in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and of the important contribution that the print market made to the critical and commercial success of contemporary British art.  Over the course of the study day we shall see the  development of a number of important watercolour compositions from sketch or 'colour beginning' to the finished watercolour and often also the published print.

Speakers are the Courtauld Gallery's curator of prints and curator of Paths to Fame Dr Joanna Selborne, and the art historians and Turner specialists Professor Sam Smiles, Nicola Moorby and Dr Cecilia Powell.




Saturday 27 September 2008
9.45 - c.15.30

Join us for a Saturday study day to accompany the Courtauld’s exhibition of its extraordinary group of works by Paul Cézanne.  Extend your knowledge of Cézanne’s work and times and gain in-depth insight into his painting practice, his situation within the later nineteenth-century art market, his influence on a younger generation of artists, his relations with Zola, Flaubert and other important writers of his time and last but not least his significance to the Courtauld collection.

The event will consist of lectures by specialists in their field, including the art historians and curators Dr Barnaby Wright and Dr Nancy Ireson, the literary historian Professor Anne Green, and the technical art historian and paintings conservator Elisabeth Reissner.