The Portrait: From Classical Antiquity to the 21st Century

Ref: C3747063

This course examines the development and changing role of European portraiture through the close study of paintings created by masters such as Holbein, Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Klimt. Likeness, symbolism, taste and convention will be discussed. Analysis of self-portraiture and its role in the artists' work will form part of the course.

Course aim

To introduce students to the art of the portrait with a view to understanding its evolution from antiquity to today, through examination of selected European works.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • evaluate some portraits examined during the course in a critical manner.
  • explain the main differences between the art of Gainsborough and Reynolds
  • list three types of portraits in 17th century Holland. evaluate some portraits examined during the course in a critical manner. explain two functions of the portrait and the self-portrait.
  • list two functions of the self-portrait

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

no need to prepare ahead of the course

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Portrait: From Classical Antiquity to the 21st Century

Conditions

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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