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.

Members only

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The Renaissance: Part Two – 1500 to 1568

  • Wed 9 January - Wed 13 March 2019
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: Dr Geoffrey Nuttall

This second course will explore the High Renaissance style which emerged at the beginning of 1500 driven by the emergence of The Artistic Genius, epitomised by Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. The course is introduced by an examination of Vasari’s Lives of the Artists and goes on to study key artists of the period from Italy and Northern Europe, looking at their careers and major works, relating them to the cultural, political and social environment in which they worked, and highlighting their unique contribution to the second part of the Renaissance which ‘decayed’ into Mannerism, best exemplified by Giulio Romano.

Members only

Fully booked

Six more English medieval cathedrals in context

  • Thu 24 January - Thu 7 March 2019
    11am-1pm (NB: No class on 21 February)
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: John McNeill

This course examines a further six English medieval cathedrals: Rochester, Worcester, Lincoln, Salisbury, Ely and York. Each lecture is self-contained and will focus on an individual cathedral from the perspective of their origin, location and architectural character. There will be an optional visit to Ely Cathedral on 14 March (fee to be advised).

Members only

Places available

The Art World Now

  • Tue 5 March - Tue 2 April 2019
  • Swedenborg Hall
  • Lecturer: Anna Moszynska

There is much curiosity about how the art world functions. Focussing on the largest sector in the art market – Post War and Contemporary Art – this course examines the various ways in which the art system operates. Over the course of five illustrated talks its major components will be discussed, and by looking at particular case studies we shall see how these different aspects might interrelate to create the art world as it exists today.

Courses Coordinator

Jackie Leigh


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