The Classical World and Classical Revivals

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10 WEEK COURSE: The civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for European art, design and architecture from the 15th-century right up to the present day. This course celebrates the opening of the V&A’s outstanding new galleries – Europe 1600-1800 – by exploring the key elements of Classicism, and their re-interpretation and revival in later times.

The first part of the course examines the cultural highlights of the Classical world, including Homeric myths and their representation in sculpture and vase-painting, the architecture of Athens and Rome, and the rich decoration and furnishings revealed at Herculaneum and Pompeii.

In the second half we investigate the ways in which classical themes, motifs, architecture and styles have been re-discovered - first in Italy in the 1500s, and later in France, Britain and Germany in the 18th and 19th-centuries - and have been re-worked in painting, decoration, architecture and design in Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical styles.


10 weeks, Tuesdays, 13 January – 24 March 2015
(Half term: 17 February)

£365, £300 concessions

Course Leader: Dr. Kathy McLauchlan, V&A Year Course Director

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