Art in Britain and France 1600-1800

Ref: C2423331

From the frivolity of Fragonard to the satire of Hogarth, from Claude’s sweeping grandeur to Gainsborough’s society portraits, from the Baroque glory of St Paul’s to the pastiche of Strawberry Hill, we will examine the brilliance and lasting legacy of art in the Baroque and Rococo periods. On the course, you will learn about these two periods or trends – Baroque and Rococo - which influenced art and architecture over two centuries. Of course there were other trends during this period, such as Palladian architecture, and, as always happens in art history, there are many artists who do not fit neatly into categories such as Baroque and Rococo and they will feature throughout the course. The course will cover Fine art - generally paintings and sculpture The decorative arts and architecture Religious, royal, noble and merchant patronage Materials and techniques Styles and style developments

Course aim

To show the impact of political, social and religious changes connect on the visual arts and architecture in Britain and France between 1600 and 1800. To develop a critical appreciation and enjoyment of the arts of this period.

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:

  • Understand the impact of political, social and religious developments on the visual arts and architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Discuss the dominant styles of the period and how they developed
  • Develop visual analysis skills
  • Critically assess the contribution of artists and makers in the period

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Before the course you will have access to full illustrated notes, and you are encouraged to look at the notes before each lecture as this will enhance your appreciation. Videos feature throughout the course and you will be able to watch these in your own time as well as in the lecture.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art in Britain and France 1600-1800

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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