Day School: The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages

Ref: C3747732

Captain Cook’s fame largely rests on the three expeditions to the Pacific that he led in the 1760s and 1770s. In addition to their important role in the history of European exploration, they are notable for being the first such voyages to include professional artists among the crew. These artists played a critical role in recording the places visited and the people and flora and fauna encountered on the voyages. But how did they deal with the novel surroundings they experienced? How was their work shaped by Enlightenment ideas of the time? And how did their work go on to shape European understanding of those settings?

Course aim

To consider the art produced on Captain Cook’s voyages in its own right, and as an example of how artists from one culture engage with and shape understanding of another.

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:

  • look at examples of the art produced on Captain Cook’s voyages, and comment on the different aesthetic approaches and stereotypes underpinning them.
  • explain some of the ways in which the travelling artists shaped European understanding of the Pacific.
  • explain some of the ways in which the art from the voyages was a product of the artists’ own European background and preconceptions.
  • none

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

There is nothing you need to bring.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Day School: The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages

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