Renaissance Portraits

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Thursday 23 January 2020 – Thursday 19 March 2020

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £325.00 - £378.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

This event is unfortunately cancelled. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been cancelled or postponed there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog

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Course Leaders
Dr Paula Nuttall, V&A Year Course Director, and Dr Catherine Reynolds Independant Scholar with Dr Geoff Nuttall, Associate lecturer, Courtauld Institute

The lectures fit together very well, the organisation was excellent. I learned so much! 2018 Short Course Student

Course overview

As images of individuals, portraits possess a unique fascination; in the words of Albrecht Dürer, ‘a portrait enables a man to live after his death’. Gain insights not only into masterpieces by Van Eyck, Dürer, Leonardo and Holbein, but also into the making and meaning of less familiar portraits from Italy and northern Europe across all media, including sculpted busts, medals, drawings and miniatures. Studying Renaissance portraits in all their diversity, through lectures and gallery talks you will learn to ‘read’ a renaissance portrait through costume, explore how portraits functioned in contexts ranging from marriage to death, dynasty to devotion, and discover how the self portrait emerged in this age of the individual.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

This course has a Half Term break on 20 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Renaissance Portraits

23 January 2020 - 19 March 2020

£325.00 - £378.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 10.00 - 13.00, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)