This broad ranging and absorbing course needs no background in art history, just a desire to look harder at art and understand its developments more clearly.
From Romanticism to the revolution of Impressionism, this series of ten online lectures moves from the early 19th century to the 1880s, covering some of the most radical developments in art since the Renaissance.
Join MonLife Heritage Museums online art history course with popular Monmouthshire lecturer Eleanor Bird
10 weeks, of one hour evening lectures online via Zoom
Starts Monday 15 January 7-8pm, (break on February 12 ends on March 25)
Course fee: £50
The course covers the peak of British landscape painting with Turner and Constable leading the way, and the influence that those painters had on French artists. The series goes on to explore dramatic changes in French art – with Realism changing the subject matter artists chose to explore and the Barbizon painters finding beauty in everyday landscapes. While the British Pre-Raphaelites became fascinated with the medieval and William Morris began the Arts & Crafts movement, in France a few radical painters developed the brilliant colours and instant impact of Impressionism.
Image: Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 1834, 1834 (Cleveland)
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