In this intensive course students explore four extraordinary centuries in the history of European art, from the High Renaissance of the early sixteenth century to the Avant-Garde movements of the early twentieth. The course has a broadly chronological structure, within which key themes and issues will be explored under the guidance of a succession of expert tutors. There will be a focus on paintings and sculpture, and on the works of masters such as Michelangelo, Titian, Holbein, Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Claude, Poussin, Watteau, Hogarth, Tiepolo, Delacroix , Turner, Manet, Monet, Whistler and Matisse. Along the journey students will explore the impact of the classical past; the interrelationship between stylistic developments, materials and technique; questions of production, consumption and the market; and the broader cultural, intellectual and historical context in which certain kinds of art emerged. Continuities in the Western art tradition are explored alongside challenges, change and renewal.
A schedule of visits to galleries and museums in London, as well as a day trip to Cambridge, form an integral part of the experience. This is because the teaching approach at Sothebys Institute of Art emphasizes object-based learning, enabling students to gain confidence in identifying and evaluating a wide range of different works of art: we believe that firsthand experience of those works of art is irreplaceable, and London contains exceptional venues for that experience.
The ultimate aim is to provide students with an understanding of a rich, exciting and crucial phase in the development of European art, while also developing their critical and visual capacities. The course attempts to foster skills appropriate to careers in the art world.
The Summer Study courses can be accredited through your university based on prior approval. For students at postgraduate level wishing to apply, tutors will allocate additional projects and grade on a higher level
Sotheby's Institute of Art reserves a certain number of rooms near the Institute for the duration of the Summer Study courses. There will be several options depending on student needs. Updated costs and details will be available soon.