Art of the Baroque: Rembrandt to Wren

Online course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Explore the world of Baroque art during the seventeenth century. Expert lecturers will bring to life artists, designers, and architects of the Baroque period, including Rembrandt, Velázquez, Wren, and Hawksmoor…

You can 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 up to 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.

Read more
course photo
Portrait of Course Leader Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Course Leader
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, where she organises courses and study days on the history of art and design.

I think Dr Kathy McLauchlan has done a brilliant programme with top experts and I thank her for the knowledge I have acquired during the term Previous V&A Academy Online Course Attendee

Course overview

Explore the Baroque period of the seventeenth century on this art history course. Expert lecturers will bring to life Baroque artists, designers, and architects, including Rembrandt, Velázquez, Wren, and Hawksmoor.

During the seventeenth century Europe was dominated politically and artistically by France, and Louis XIV’s palaces, gardens and court life would be widely imitated. Spain also saw a flowering of art and architecture for both church and state, while the Netherlands developed a new type of market, with buyers going to shops and auctions rather than commissioning works directly from artists. In the same period England’s leading Baroque architect, Christopher Wren, designed palaces for the Stuart kings, while his church buildings combined Baroque grandeur with Protestant simplicity. Across Europe luxury goods such as lacquer, textiles, and ceramics, started to arrive from the East in great quantities. Imported tea and coffee became fashionable drinks and fine wares were produced to serve them.


V&A Academy Online. A learning environment you can trust.

V&A Academy Online courses are built using the latest Microsoft software. Tune in to expert lectures live, or catch up later on demand. Download handouts and presentations. Join the discussion in a secure, closed class environment, wherever you are.

Enrol now

Online course: Art of the Baroque: Rembrandt to Wren

17 April 2024 - 3 July 2024


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

Related events

Header image: Oil painting, 'Vanitas Still Life', N. L. Peschier, 1659 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London