What is the course about?
The Wallace Collection is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms and armour, and porcelain. In this four-session course we look at how the different aspects of the collection reflect both the history of Western European art and also the tastes of its original ownersin the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. We will be looking at how changes in painting styles are reflected in the decorative arts and vice versa.
What will we cover?
We will focus on different aspects of the Wallace Collection each week, including:
- The history of the collection
- Renaissance paintings and Majolica
- Dutch Golden Age painting
- Arms and Armour
- Rococo - fine and decorative arts
- Neoclassical - fine and decorative arts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe how the Wallace Collection came into being
• List at least three Old Master paintings held by the Wallace and describe why they are considered important in the history of collecting
• List three characteristics of the Rococo style – used across the fine and decorative arts
• List three characteristics of the Neoclassical style – used across the fine and decorative arts
• Give an example of how the design of arms and armour reflects other decorative arts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught with a mixture of guided gallery visits, group discussion and short group activities. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit. Your will have to stand and to walk between objects.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to bring a notebook. Gallery entry is free.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB219 - Introduction to the V&A
VB892 - The Fashions of 18th-century Britain and France.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details