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Introduction to History of art

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This intensive five-day course provides a basis for the analysis and interpretation of Western Art from the Renaissance until 1900. Chronologically organised, and highlighting key works, painters and movements, lectures will be complemented by special visits to London galleries and museums. The course provides a foundation in the history and developments of art and is designed as a refresher for art professionals and those who are interested in art interpretation.


PhD, Warburg Institute, University of London; MA, University of Edinburgh Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe taught full-time at the Sotheby's Institute of Art for 29 years and is now a consultant lecturer. Her areas of expertise are 16th and 17th-century painting and she is also trained as a painting...
PhD, University of Hertfordshire Dr James Hicks is an art historian based in London but raised in central Virginia. After graduating from James Madison University in 2001 Dr Hicks continued his studies at Goldsmiths College and the University of Hertfordshire where he gained his PhD. His areas o...
M.Phil, Barber Institute, Birmingham University Rachel Barnes is a freelance art historian, lecturer, writer and broadcaster. She is Professor of Art History in London for Pepperdine University and James Madison University, and lectures regularly at the National Gallery, Tate, and the Royal Acad...


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