Weekend course
Artists and Patrons

Saturday 14 March 2020 - Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Saturday 14 March 2020 - Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Seminar Room 3, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £147.00 - £195.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Explore the complex relationship between the patron and artist in the formation of works of art. Tracing the evolution of patronage in Western art from the Renaissance to the 21st century, you will discover its impact on a range of artistic careers. By the end, you will gain a new understanding of the tension between compromise and opportunity and how the nature of patronage has altered over time.

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Angela Cox

Course Leader Angela Cox

Angela Cox was the first Head of Education at the National Portrait Gallery and a former Course Director of a V&A Year Course. She specialises in British painting, most recently researching portraits of children and has organised courses on aspects of British art at the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, Birkbeck College and elsewhere.

I loved the clarity and detail given in Angela’s lectures Previous Course Student

Course Overview

From a Renaissance Pope determined to enhance his prestige among rivals to a modern museum sponsoring an artist in residence, the nature of art production in the West has frequently depended on the symbiotic relationship between a patron and his or her chosen artist. This could be for a unique art work or for a series of works spanning several years. An artist may be especially sought by the patron, or conversely, the artist pursues patronage through the means available. More recently, the patron is as likely to be an institution rather than an individual. In some examples, the art work is specifically defined in its content, style and cost, while in others the artist is given free rein. The course will illuminate the complexity of the types of patronage that have evolved in western art in 500 years.


Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Weekend course: Artists and Patrons

14 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

£147.00 - £195.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)