Tudor and Early Stuart Architecture and Interiors

Online course

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Join us on this 6-week online course to study the buildings and interiors of the Tudors and early Stuarts, c. 1500 – 1650, a time of great change socially and politically. Lectures will cover royal palaces, London and country houses, paintings, tapestries, furnishings and church monuments.

Learn from our world-class experts wherever you are, whenever suits you: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time. You can experience the full breadth and depth of the V&A's collections with 12 hours of study over 6 weeks. Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials, lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials are available in our secure Microsoft Teams environment for 6 weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a thing. And finally, join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time. 

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Portrait of V&A Academy Course Leader Caroline Knight

V&A Academy Course Leader
Caroline Knight

Caroline Knight, FSA, is an architectural historian and trained at the Courtauld Institute. She has researched and written on British buildings of the 16th–18th centuries. In 2003 she set up the V&A’s High Renaissance to Baroque Year Course, and was its Director for ten years. She now lectures freelance, mainly at the V&A and for the Arts Society.

I loved the lecturers who are completely steeped in the subject matter of their lectures. Previous V&A Academy Online Course Attendee

Course overview

Styles alter radically, from the Early Tudor style to ostentatious Elizabethan and Jacobean taste, which is replaced by a more European classicism from the 1620s. Painting is dominated by immigrant artists such as Holbein and van Dyck, while Inigo Jones, who had studied in Italy, designs scenery and costumes for masques as well as buildings for the Stuart court. Furniture becomes more elaborate and specific, using new woods imported via the East India Company. Expensive textiles are imported, and even more expensive tapestries come mainly from Brussels, until in 1619 an English factory is set up at Mortlake, producing some of the finest tapestries in Europe until the Civil War brings a sharp decline to the trade in luxury goods.

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Online course: Tudor and Early Stuart Architecture and Interiors

26 September 2024 - 31 October 2024


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