Sotheby's Institute of Art

Renaissance art to Present: art History

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Feb 12—Mar 24, 2020
USD 1335


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About the course

Art History: Renaissance Art to Present explores the highlights of European and American art from the early Renaissance to 19th century Romanticism and through to the Modern Age. Focusing on the paintings of masters including Giotto, Dürer, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and others, you discover the impact of the classical past, the interrelationship between stylistic developments, and the broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context in which art emerged. This course emphasizes the technical developments that define each historical era, revealing the fascinating aesthetic advancements made possible by the materials and methods available in each art period. For those new to art history, this course provides a solid underpinning for analyzing, interpreting, and appreciating paintings.

What you will learn:

  • The ability to visually identify artistic materials and techniques in paintings and understand their importance.
  • The tools needed to identify and date important paintings and define the essential characteristics (style, content, meaning, and goals) of movements and individual artists in Western art history.
  • The analytical and communication skills necessary to interpret and discuss these works within social, cultural, and political contexts.

Sample Topics

Week 1: From Antique Fresco to Late Gothic Altarpieces

  • Art History: From Antique Fresco to Late Gothic Altarpieces
  • Technique: What is Fresco?
  • Conversation: X-Rays and Altarpiece Constuction
  • Case Study: Simon Martini, Annunciation

Week 2: Perspective and Realism: Painting in the European Renaissance

  • Art History: Perspective and Realism
  • Technique: The Impact of Oil Painting
  • Conversation: The Conservation of Panel Paintings
  • Case Study: Albrecht Durer, Adam and Eve

Week 3: Painting in the Baroque Era

  • Art History: Painting in the Baroque Era
  • Technique: Chiaroscuro
  • Conservation: Infrared Spectroscopy and Preparatory Sketches
  • Case Study: Caravaggio,Supper at Emmaus

Week 4: From the Academy to Tahiti: Painting in the 19th Century

  • Art History: From the Academy to Tahiti
  • Technique: The Broken Brushstroke
  • Conservation: Ultraviolet Fluorescence and Painted Surfaces
  • Case Study: Edouard Manet, Olympia

Week 5: The Promise of Abstraction: Expressionism, Cubism, and the New York School

  • Art History: The Promise of Abstraction
  • Technique: Action Painting
  • Conservation: The Challenge of Matte Paint
  • Case Study: Willem de Kooning, Woman I

Week 6: Pop to the Present

  • Art History: Pop to the Present
  • Technique: Synthetic Paints
  • Conservation: Monochrome Paint Surfaces
  • Case Study: Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn

Trust the experts

Corey D’Augustine

MA, Art History and Art Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University BA, Visual Arts and Biochemistry, Oberlin College Corey D'Augustine is a conservator of modern and contemporary art and a technical art historian. He is the principal conservator at Corey D'Augustine Conservation a...


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