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Introduction to European Art History

This introductory course presents an opportunity to explore a wide variety of European art from early Byzantine through to late Victorian and Impressionism. The course aims to encourage in participants a dialogue regarding the varied varieties of art and the appreciation thereof. The structure will be that of a broadly chronological and geographical approach, which will take in key movements, styles and artists, with some classes devoted exclusively to artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and many more.

The course begins with the first three weeks devoted to iconography, exploring aspects such as saints, pagan gods, signs, symbols, meaning and more. Within these first three lessons we will also look at the application of perspective and colour. Thereafter each week will also focus on particular movements and periods in European art history, the result being by the end of the course you will have a broad understanding of art appreciation in a historical and aesthetic context as well as the confidence to speak knowledgeably and critically about European art.

No prior knowledge of art history is required. Please find below a brief week-by-week course outline.



  1. The Iconography of Venus, Cupid and Mars (Oct 17th 2018)
  2. The Iconography of Adorations and Annunciations (Oct 24th 2018)
  3. The Iconography of Saints and Sinners (Oct 31st 2018)
  4. Byzantine to Gothic (Nov 7th 2018)
  5. Medieval and Gothic (Nov 14th 2018)
  6. The Florentine Renaissance (Nov 21st 2018)
  7. The Northern Renaissance (Nov 28th 2018)
  8. The Sienese Renaissance (Dec 5th 2018)
  9. Botticelli (Dec 12th 2018)




  1. Leonardo (Jan 16th 2019)
  2. Raphael (Jan 23rd 2019)
  3. Michelangelo (Jan 30th 2019)
  4. The Venetian Renaissance (Feb 6th 2019)
  5. Baroque (Feb 13th 2019)
  6. Northern Baroque (Feb 20th 2019)
  7. Art in Spain (Feb 27th 2019)
  8. Art in France (Mar 6th 2019)
  9. The Dutch Golden Age (Mar 13th 2019)
  10. Neo-Classicism (Mar 20th 2019)
  11. The Victorian Age to the Modern Age (Mar 27th 2019)