A History of Western Painting in 16 Masterpieces

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A History of Western Painting in 16 Masterpieces

A History of Western Painting in 16 Masterpieces

Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 January 2019, 11am – 2.30pm

This four-day course will use a small number of celebrated masterpieces to chart the history of art in Europe from the beginnings of the Renaissance to the birth of abstraction in the 20th century. Focusing on a selection of acclaimed works, including a number held in the Wallace’s own collection, this dynamic four-day course will chart both the stylistic and the thematic developments of European painting alongside the historical contexts in which they were created. Taught by Aliki Braine.


Tuesday – New Beginnings

Giotto, Lamentation, Scrovegni Chapel, 1303-10, Padua, Italy

Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ, 1450s, National Gallery, London

Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434, National Gallery, London

Pieter Pourbus, An Allegory of True Love, c.1547, Wallace Collection, London


Wednesday – Perfection Attained

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks, 1483-1486, Louvre, Paris

Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam, 1508-1512, Sistine Chapel, Vatican

Titian, Perseus and Andromeda, c.1554-56, Wallace Collection, London

Velázquez, Las Meninas, 1656, Prado, Madrid


Thursday – Order and Disorder

Rembrandt, The Night Watch, 1642, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Poussin, A Dance to the Music of Time, c.1634-36 Wallace Collection, London

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing, 1769, The Wallace Collection, London

Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire, 1839, National Gallery, London


Friday – A Brave New Vision

Claude Monet, Impression Sunrise, 1872, Paris

Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907, MoMA, New York

Kazimir Malevich, Black Square, 1915, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31, 1950, MoMA, New York

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
14/01/2020 11:00 14:30

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Short Course Gen. Admission £165
Short Course Concession £148
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