The art and culture of 17th century London

Course Dates: 03/10/19 - 12/12/19
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: OS - Off Site

Discover the 17th century: a time of upheaval in Europe, intercontinental trade, religious schisms and a wide range of artistic styles. See its art, architecture and design in London’s galleries and museums.


What is the course about?

The 17th Century was a time of upheaval in Europe; changes of royal fortunes in Britain, inter-continental trade and the religious split between northern and southern Europe manifesting in a wide range of artistic styles.
Each week will focus on a different aspect of seventeenth century art and culture. Key artists, architects and designers will be introduced and their works placed in a cultural and social context.
The course will look at a range of collections in a variety of London venues that exemplify the art, architecture and decorative arts of the times, including the flamboyant style of the Baroque in contrast to the Dutch Golden Age, the impact of the east on the decorative arts and the changing architecture of London before and after the Great Fire. Museums visited include: The National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of London, Tate Britain and others.

What will we cover?

• The historical, religious and political background to seventeenth century art and design
• The different styles of seventeenth century art and design and their key features
• The main artists of each style
• How the art and design of the seventeenth century relates to its context, place of origin and audience.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Recognise different styles and types of seventeenth-century art and design
• Describe seventeenth-century art and design and express an informed personal response
• Understand key aspects of seventeenth-century history and culture and their relationship with creative practice
• Discuss seventeenth century art with greater confidence.

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, handouts 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?

You will be taught with guided gallery visits and discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There may be entrance fees for some venues. Please note we are unable to guarantee seats on gallery visits so you may have to stand and to walk between exhibits. You might like to invest in a lightweight portable seat.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in:
• VB181 - The art and culture of 18th century London
• VB220 - The art and culture of the Victorians.

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This is a fun and thought-provoking course.
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Review by Jo / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
Great course.

Excellent tutor who ensured the course also reflected the interests of the group.
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Review by FM / (Posted on 07/12/2017)
Tutor Biographies
Julie Barlow

Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace Collection.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB435

Full Thu, day, 03 Oct - 12 Dec '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

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