This course will look at British art from the 4th to the 19th Century. Different styles, movements and artists will be considered as we look at how art in the rest of the world influenced art in Britain, what British artists brought to the art world and how foreign artists help keep art alive in Britain. This course looks not only at the paintings, but also at the artists’ lives behind the canvas.
Week 1: The beginnings of British art
Week 2: Danish and Norman invasions and how they changed art
Week 3: The Middle Ages and Britain’s own Renaissance
Week 4: Tudor Britain’s lost artistic confidence and British art vs. foreign art
Week 5: Grand Manner and Romantic Movements
Week 6: The Royal Academy and the British landscape
Week 7: The Victorian painters