The Age of Revolutions: Art in 18th Century Europe

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From Rococo to Romanticism, explore a remarkable period in the history of art. Expert lecturers will bring to life themes such as taste, patronage, and the art market, while you discover how artists and designers responded to an age of enlightenment and revolution.

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Course Director
Dr. Kathy McLauchlan

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

Excellent, well run, informative course with very knowledgeable and personable lecturers! Previous V&A Academy student

Course overview

The 18th-century art world was remarkable in its stylistic diversity, from the austere British Palladian style to the exuberance of continental Rococo. By the early nineteenth century, two leading cultural movements, Neo-classicism and Romanticism, co-existed to dynamic effect in the fields of art, design and architecture. Throughout Europe, increasing wealth, together with better opportunities for travel, widened the market for both the fine and decorative arts. Drawing on the V&A’s collections, expert lecturers will trace stylistic developments within a wider political and cultural context, and in relation to themes such as taste, patronage and the art market.
Guest Lecturers include: Justine Hopkins, freelance lecturer, specialist in 19th and 20th century art and design; Angela Cox, freelance lecturer, specialist in British painting; Jacqueline Cockburn, independent art historian, Director of Art and Culture Andalucía, lecturer for the V&A and the Arts Society.


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Online course: The Age of Revolutions: Art in 18th Century Europe

22 September 2022 - 8 December 2022


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