The Courtauld Institute of Art is the foremost centre in Britain for the study of art history and conservation and enjoys an international reputation.  The Courtauld is based in the central London location of  Somerset House, one of the capital’s grandest and most famous neo-classical buildings, 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 thirteenth century to the present day.  Best known for its outstanding collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, the Gallery also includes medieval ivories, 14th-century gold ground paintings, Italian Renaissance paintings and wedding chests, beautiful examples of the work of Lucas Cranach and Pieter Bruegel, and a significant collection of paintings and drawings by Pieter Paul Rubens, as well as sketches and paintings by Tiepolo, Goya and Gainsborough.  Moving into the 20th century, the Gallery has an important collection of Fauve and German Expressionist paintings on long term loan, and owns examples of work by the Bloomsbury group, by Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson, Graham Sutherland, Anthony Caro and Richard Long.

From 19 June to 21 September 2014, The Courtauld Gallery will present the second of its new series of special Summer displays which showcase aspects of the The Courtauld’s outstanding permanent collection.   The Summer Showcase 2014 will exhibit a selection of some thirty particularly remarkable examples of The Gallery’s large holdings of master prints.   This selection spans more than 500 years and encompasses a variety of printmaking techniques in superb examples by artists including Andrea Mantegna, Pieter Bruegel, Jacques Callot, Stefano della Bella, Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Lucian Freud and Chris Ofili.

In addition, the East Wing Collection, a biennial thought-provoking exhibition of contemporary art curated by a group of our students, is on view throughout The Courtauld.


Getting Here


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



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