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This series of History of Art interactive sessions offers a chronological overview of the development of the visual arts, featuring seven sessions, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Each session is partly made up of Sara's presentations and partly integrated with moments of open conversation and active exchange, starting from the themes emerged, for an innovative learning experience.

The sessions

I. Middle Ages

Although long considered as 'dark centuries', the Middle Ages were actually a time of lively artistic production. Familiarise with the arts of this long period, that culminated in one of the most impactful visual revolutions.

II. Renaissance

Starting from the 15th century, the arts expressed a profound cultural renovation. Which were the elements of it? What did it mean to Renaissance men to feel like 'dwarfs on the shoulders of giants'? How were similar issues explored in different countries?

III. Dutch painting, Mannerism and Baroque

The 17th century was a time of exciting artistic diversification and ever-growing international connections. An exploration and reflection on the various European styles, so diverse and yet so intertwined.

IV. British painting in the 18th and 19th century

How did British art stand in relation to continental schools? Why can it be considered so distinctive in its development? A stimulating analysis of the British artistic and cultural debate of the 1700s and 1800s.

V. From Rococo to Romanticism

Under the light of the striking artworks produced during the 18th and 19th century, discover, consider and discuss the increasing mutual impact of the arts on the transforming societies of the time, and vice versa.

VI. Impressionism

A close observation of the artworks produced by this celebrated artistic movement, in their context, and of their relation to other artworks from the same period, to discover the first signs of the radical revolution that was about to take place.

VII. The 20th century and us

As the last session, this meeting is an open conversation, where the transformation of the very idea of art, and the objects that were created as a consequence of this transformation, will be discussed, analysed, questioned and connected to the present voices.






...get a taste of the style before committing to the full series? An introduction session can be booked individually, to be used as a trial meeting before agreeing to take the whole series. Get to know Sara, her approach, her vision, understand more in detail what this series is all about, reflect on some key themes and enjoy a short analysis that will spark your curiosity.

Hear for yourself what some participants thought of the course!