The finishing line at a horse race; ten portrait caricatures, including eight of famous jockeys. lithograph after L. Prosperi, 1888.

What’s on: future courses

Our courses are designed to give members a chance to explore a wide range of new or familiar topics in the fields of art and architecture, at a level to suit their own expertise. Courses consist of between five and ten weekly two-hour sessions, and are led by an acknowledged authority in the subject.

Courses are open to Society members only. Current fees are £90 for a five-week course, £108 for six weeks and £180 for ten weeks; it is not possible to pay for part of a course.

Arts of Edo-period Japan, 1615-1868

  • Mon 1 - Mon 29 October 2018
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: Julia Hutt

Edo-period Japan experienced fundamental political and social changes along with massive urbanisation centred on Tokyo. This course explores developments during this period in terms of female fashion and traditional male samurai arts, Japanese prints, engagement with Europe through trade, ceramic traditions (including the tea ceremony) and lacquerware’s role in Edo society.

Identity and Representation: Women and Men in Early Modern Portraiture

  • Tue 23 October - Tue 20 November 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall/Swedenborg Hall
  • Lecturer: Dr Carlo Corsato

This course explores the historical context and the artistic development of early modern portraiture, and addresses issues such as art patronage and material culture, philosophy and literature, politics and religion. Case studies include work of arts of the greatest artists of the period, including Leonardo, Raphael, Dürer, Holbein, Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Velázquez.

Spanish Golden Age: from the glories of Medieval Islam to a Golden Age

  • Wed 31 October - Wed 28 November 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall
  • Lecturer: Dr Jacqueline Cockburn

This course will unravel the extraordinary period of Spanish cultural history known as the Golden Age starting with the conquest of Spain by the Moors in 711. The Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabella, banished the Moors in 1492, yet remnants of their culture survived and were preserved. The Golden Age began at the same time as the Inquisition enforced its laws and the Catholic Church thrived. All this is visible in the architecture, painting and sculpture of the period.

Courses Coordinator

Jackie Leigh


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