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High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500-1700

Every year the V&A Museum offers three part-time year courses. These three separate year courses form a coherent survey of the fine art, architecture, design and decorative arts in Europe from the late Middle Ages to the First World War.

This course will study the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to the end of the Baroque period. Gallery visits will use the great collections of the Museum to look at developments in sculpture, metalwork, textiles, furniture and ceramics. The course will concentrate on those areas of Europe where innovation occurred, mainly Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England. Patronage, both courtly and civic, will be examined. The increasing prosperity of the middle classes, especially in England and the Netherlands, made consumer goods widely available, and we will look at the ways in which people could acquire them. The effects of war, revolution and economic policies will be related to the production of art and artefacts; and the trading voyages of the Dutch, Portuguese and English, resulting in imports of oriental goods, will be examined.

The Renaissance of fifteenth century Italy filtered gradually through other parts of Europe, profoundly affecting all the arts. The invention of printing in the 1450’s meant that the printed word and the illustrated book could reach a new audience; we will examine the role of books and prints in the promotion of new styles in the sixteenth century. At the same time the Reformation wrought havoc with the established order, and a century of war and revolution followed throughout Europe. In England, parts of Germany and the Netherlands, waves of iconoclasm meant the destruction of much religious art and led to a new and more austere Protestant church. By the mid-seventeenth century Europe was divided into Catholic and Protestant states. This was followed by a new spirit of enquiry, and the arts and sciences flourished.

Full course: £1525, Concessionary rate(V&A members and patrons): £1375

Per Term: full rate: £525, senior citizens, V&A members and Patrons: £475, Students, disabled and ES40 holders £132.

Certificate Option: £350 (in addition to full course fees and payable in full before commencing the course, no concessions).

Day Rate: Full rate:£45, senior citizens, V&A members and Patrons: £41, students, disabled and ES-40 holders £11.

Morning coffee/tea is included. Full course students and term students also receive a term lunch.


Caroline Knight | talks


Date and Time:

14 September 2005 at 11:00 am


Full Day



Victoria and Albert Museum (learning)
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To book call the bookings office at 0207 942 2211 or e-mail bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Additional Information:

This course runs on Wednesdays throughout the year. The autumn term begins on 14 September and ends 30 November 2005. The Spring term is from 11 January to 29 March 2006, and the Summer term is from 26 April to 12 July 2006.

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