Classicism: Antiquity to Christianity

Online course

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Discover the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome and explore classical themes, motifs and styles. From Homeric myths in vase-painting to Byzantine art under Constantine, gain fascinating new perspectives on the life and afterlife of the ancient world.

Learn from our world-class experts wherever you are, whenever suits you: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time. You can experience the full breadth and depth of the V&A's collections with more than 40 hours of study over 12 weeks. Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials, lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials are available in our secure Microsoft Teams environment for 12 weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a thing. And finally, join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time. 

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Portrait of V&A Academy Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

V&A Academy Course Director
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan, graduated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute. In 2001 she completed a PhD thesis on French painters in Rome during the 19th century. A lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Excellent course leader and presenters, fascinating and insightful content, so much more than can be read in a book! Previous V&A Academy Online Course Attendee

Course overview

The civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for European art, design and architecture.  This course explores the key elements of Classicism, and their subsequent re-interpretation and revival in later times.  It examines the cultural highlights of the Classical world, including Homeric myths and their representation in sculpture and vase-painting, the architecture of Athens and Rome, and the rich decoration and furnishings revealed at Herculaneum and Pompeii.  The course then investigates the afterlife of the classical era, exploring the ways in which classical themes, motifs and styles were re-discovered and interpreted.   It emphasizes that classicism is a living tradition, re-invented to meet the needs and interests of each new age.  The classical world has proved to be an endless source of inspiration for painters, sculptors and architects, as well as providing a set of standards or ideals to be adopted or renounced.  This art history course offers a unique perspective on western art by revealing the many faces of the classical world and tracing the ways in which European artists responded to it in later periods.   

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Online course: Classicism: Antiquity to Christianity

23 September 2024 - 9 December 2024


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