History of Art: Modern Detail

Continue your art history studies with this 10-week course.

This course is for those who have already completed one or both of the introductory Art History courses (Becoming Modern and Being Modern). In it you will have the chance to look more deeply into some of the artists previously covered, as well as discovering some new ones. We will, for example, consider some of the art and art makers that immediately predate the Bloomsbury group, both in England and internationally. We will also have more time to investigate artists and artworks individually who have been more briefly mentioned in the introductory courses.

The time frame covered will range from the 1850s onwards, enabling us to investigate the precursors to Modernism such as the Great Exhibition of 1851, international artistic centres including London, Paris and Vienna, and the impact of industrial and imperial expansion on art, artists and the public.

The class is open to continuing students. It runs from 1pm to 3pm on Fridays from 16 September to 2 December 2022.

Although there is no formal homework, students will be given a weekly resources list including audio and video material. There will also be an opportunity to research and present to other students if they wish (although this is entirely voluntary.)