The Art of the Sublime - Taster Lecture

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Thinking about an online course? Join V&A Academy Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan for a free, live online lecture to learn more about Edmund Burke's theory of the sublime and how this advanced a new way to appreciate the natural world in the late 18th century. In place of classical ideals of beauty and harmony, the sublime looked to nature in its most violent and overwhelming manifestations - storms, waterfalls, mountains, volcanos - which, if viewed from a safe distance, might induce a kind of aestheticized terror. This lecture explores the impact of the sublime in the work of artists including Turner, De Loutherbourg and Wright.

Get to know the V&A Academy learning platform when you join the taster lecture. You will receive a link to join the live lecture 24 hours before the event, as well as a link to the recording afterwards, so that you can enjoy watching the lecture on demand.

Dr Kathy McLauchlan is the Course Director of the 12-weeks online course 'Arts of the 18th Century Europe: Rococo to Romanticism' starting Thursday 26 September and 'Classicism: Antiquity to Christianity' starting Monday 23 September. This Autumn term you will be able to join Dr Kathy McLauchlan in-person for the 12 week course 'Age of Michelangelo: Arts of the 16th Century Europe' starting Wednesday 25 September.

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Portrait of V&A Academy Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

V&A Academy Course Director
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan, graduated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute. In 2001 she completed a PhD thesis on French painters in Rome during the 19th century. A lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Online course: The Art of the Sublime - Taster Lecture

15 August 2024


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