Year course
The Classical World and its Afterlife

Thursday 21 September 2017 - Thursday 5 July 2018

  • Thursday, 21 September 2017 - Thursday, 5 July 2018

  • 11.10 – 15.30 (over 3 terms)

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £640.00 - £2,150.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

The civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for European art, design, and architecture. Over three terms, this Year Course explores the key elements of Classicism, and their subsequent reinterpretation and revival in later times. Discover a unique perspective on western art by revealing the many faces of the classical tradition, and tracing the ways in which European artists responded to it between the medieval period and the early twentieth century.

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Dr Kathy McLauchlan

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.

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Course Overview

Autumn Term

13 weeks, 21 September – 14 December 2017

Ancient World

The ancient Greeks provided models in art, literature and architecture that would endure for thousands of years. The Romans were both imitators and innovators with artists and architects setting new standards in grandeur and magnificence in buildings such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

Spring Term (day tickets on sale now)

11 weeks, 11 January – 22 March 2018

Early Medieval to High Renaissance

Between the fourth and sixteenth centuries, Western European painters, sculptors and architects modelled their work on classical precedents throughout the Middle Ages. From the ninth century, there were attempts to revive the world of classical antiquity, culminating in the Renaissance.

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now)

12 weeks, 19 April – 5 July 2018

High Renaissance to Avant-Garde

The final term follows the development of the classical tradition between the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries, during which time the belief that classicism might stand for a timeless, unified ideal was repeatedly challenged.

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Year course: The Classical World and its Afterlife

21 September 2017 - 5 July 2018

£640.00 - £2,150.00

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Summer Term (term tickets on sale now): High Renaissance to Avant-Garde

19 April – 5 July 2018


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Summer Term (term tickets on sale now) single days

19 April – 5 July 2018


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