Online course

Art and the City: Renaissance to Early Modern

Monday 10 January 2022 - Monday 28 March 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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.
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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Dr. Kathy McLauchlan

Course Director Dr. Kathy McLauchlan

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

Kathy is a brilliant lecturer who is engaging and inspiring - I love how this course has opened my eyes and broadened my perspective, thank you! Previous Autumn 2020 student

Course Overview

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.
Traditional accounts of western art during the period between the 16th and early 19th centuries focus on chronological developments: from Renaissance to Baroque; from Neo-classicism to Impressionism. In relation to cities, however, the history of art is more fragmented and, perhaps, more intriguing. This course explores the dynamic and complex interactions between artists and the urban communities in which they worked, during a period when cities were increasingly rich and powerful. 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. Our geographical scope is broad, extending from Cadiz in the west to Moscow in the east. Together with lectures addressing broad themes in related to art and the city, for example images of city interiors and the ideal city, we consider the rise of northern art centres including Bruges, Antwerp and Delft.

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

10 January 2022 - 28 March 2022

£395.00

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