The History of Art in Churches and Cathedrals

Ref: C3533350

The Church has historically been a major patron of the arts. From lavish medieval altar pieces to contemporary installations in Cathedrals, and from wall paintings to stained glass. This course looks at the variety of art commissioned by the Church, and discusses where good examples can be seen.

Course aim

This course examines the wide variety of art - paintings, stained glass, sculpture, textiles - in Churches and Cathedrals, focusing on English Church buildings.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise and describe the main traditions of art in English Churches.
  • Understand the symbolism underlying English Church art.
  • Discuss the role of the Church in commissioning contemporary art.
  • Understand the main developments in art history, within the context of the English Church.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The History of Art in Churches and Cathedrals

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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