Year course
High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

Wednesday 21 September 2016 - Wednesday 12 July 2017

  • Wednesday 21 September 2016 - Wednesday 12 July 2017

  • Seminar Room 4

  • Course price £73.00 - £1,950.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

Explore the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to the Baroque. This course examines changes in patronage during this period, with the rise of a prosperous middle class and the invention of printing, which enabled books and prints to reach a much wider audience. We consider the effect of wars and economic policies on the arts, and the influence of trading voyages on imports of luxury goods from the East.

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Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Year Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan is an art historian specialising in French painting and the academic tradition. She completed an MA in 19th century painting and a PhD on the work of art students at the French Academy in Rome at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Kathy has worked the Open University, Birkbeck College, NADFAS and Morley College.

It is really rewarding to be amongst lecturers and other students who are so interested and who know so much about the subjects. 2015/16 Year Course Student

Delve deeper into the subjects you love

Enjoy thought-provoking lectures and access to the V&A collections in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day. Year course students are eligible for NUS student cards, and have the option of a certificate of completion

Course Overview

Autumn Term

12 weeks, 21 September – 7 December 2016


Three of the most celebrated European artists – Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo – were working in Italy at the start of the 16th century. In the same period, books and prints by Dürer and his contemporaries introduced new audiences to art images.

Spring Term

12 weeks, 11 January – 29 March 2017


The Reformation and Counter Reformation had profound effects on painting, sculpture and architecture. A new Baroque style emerged in Rome, most spectacularly in the work of Bernini and Borromini. Meanwhile, England’s Tudor period saw a flowering in the arts.

Summer Term

12 weeks, 26 April – 12 July 2017


For the Netherlands, independence in 1648 inaugurated a golden age for art, particularly in the domestic spheres of portraiture and genre. Elsewhere the state took a stronger lead, above all in France, where Louis XIV’s palace of Versailles embodied his power and prestige.

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Year course: High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

21 September 2016 - 12 July 2017

£73.00 - £1,950.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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