Year course
High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500–1750

Wednesday 20 September 2017 - Wednesday 4 July 2018

  • Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - Wednesday, 4 July 2018

  • 11.10 – 15.30 (over 3 terms)

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £640.00 - £2,150.00

  • +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. Over three terms, this Year 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. 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.

Read more
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.

This course has exceeded my expectations, I've learnt to read paintings and apply the skills learnt to contemporary art-and best of all I get a lot more out of going to galleries at home and abroad. 2016/17 Year Course Student

Delve deeper into the subjects you love

• Term tickets available by calling +44 (0)20 7942 2000 • Refreshments served • Over 60s discount available, plus concessions for ES40 holders and registered disabled people • Certificate option available

Course Overview

Autumn Term

13 weeks, 20 September – 13 December 2017


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 (day tickets on sale now)

11 weeks, 10 January – 21 March 2018


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 (term tickets on sale now)

12 weeks, 18 April – 4 July 2018


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.

Enrol Now

Year course: High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500–1750

20 September 2017 - 4 July 2018

£640.00 - £2,150.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now): 1650-1720

18 April – 4 July 2018


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now) single days

18 April – 4 July 2018


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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