Art and the City: Renaissance to Early Modern

Online course

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Gain a unique perspective on the development of the arts by exploring the vibrant relationship between art, artists and the metropolis between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

You can 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 more than 40 hours of study over 12 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 up to 12 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 Year Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Year Course Director
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan, art historian specialising in French painting and lecturer with the Arts Society, Morley College and Oxford University.

All of the sessions were engaging, enlightening and informative. Previous V&A Academy Online Course Attendee

Course overview

As cities developed from the Renaissance period onwards, the arts increasingly came to symbolize their wealth and power. In this course we trace the impact of material and intellectual conditions on the arts, while at the same time examining how painters, sculptors and architects shaped the urban environment. Expert lecturers explore topics including the splendours of Baroque Rome, the ‘golden age’ of Dutch art in Delft and Amsterdam and the rise of Istanbul.


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Membership Priority Booking opens at 10am on Friday 13 October. General Booking opens at 10am on Monday 23 October.

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Online course: Art and the City: Renaissance to Early Modern

8 January 2024 - 25 March 2024


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