The Courtauld Institute of Art is the foremost centre in Britain for the study of art history and conservation and has a renowned international reputation. The Courtauld is based in Somerset House, one of the grandest and most famous neo-classical buildings in the centre of London, which was designed by Sir William Chambers in the late eighteenth century. The Courtauld’s rooms are rich in historical associations, being originally designed for, and inhabited by, the Royal Academy and other learned societies.

The world-famous Courtauld Gallery collections range from the 13th century to the present day and include superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, works by Rubens and Gainsborough as well as by celebrated Renaissance artists, and prints and drawings by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Hogarth and Rembrandt, among many others.  There are also displays of 20th-century paintings and sculptures by artists such as Kandinsky and Rodin. The East Wing Collection, a thought-provoking exhibition of contemporary art, is on view throughout The Courtauld.

Between 14 June and 9 September 2012, The Courtauld Gallery will also present the exhibition Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery.

This exhibition celebrates the art of drawing and offers a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the very greatest works from The Courtauld’s famous collection.  The selection ranges from Renaissance masterpieces by artists such as Mantegna, Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to works by Rembrandt, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Matisse.  From informal sketches to striking finished compositions, the exhibition explores the full variety and power of drawing over five centuries.

 

 



Getting Here


The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House
Strand
London WC2R 0RN



Take a Virtual Tour of The Courtauld Gallery
Take a Virtual Tour of The Courtauld Institute of Art

See also Somerset House website.

 

Transport


Tube stations: Temple, Charing Cross, Embankment
Train stations: Charing Cross, Waterloo

Transport for London’s online Journey Planner provides information on London Underground and Buses.

The National Rail Enquiries site provides travel information on rail travel throughout the UK.

The Eurostar site provides timetables and travel information for international services to and from Waterloo.