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After Caravaggio: Seventeenth-Century Painting in Europe

Our online, short course After Caravaggio: Seventeenth-Century Painting in Europe explores the varied paths followed by European painters of the seventeenth century. Caravaggio was initially widely admired and emulated by artists across Europe. As the century progressed, opinions shifted and his work was contrasted with Classicism, where the preferred models were the works of Raphael and the classical sculpture of antiquity.

Through close examination of a range of art works, we will explore the way different painters reacted to Caravaggio’s legacy and the new directions taken in seventeenth-century painting. We will look at how Titian’s Venetian painterly style was also a major influence on European painters specialising in portraiture and history painting including Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Velázquez.

Landscape painting had developed as a new genre in sixteenth century Venice. We will explore how this was taken in new directions by the French painters Poussin and Claude. New forms of painting raised issues about what art was for and critical debates about competing styles. We will discuss these debates and reflect on how understanding of contemporary critics extends our understanding of the art of the period.

Over the eleven weeks of the course you will develop your understanding of the development of painting across Europe in this period. You will gain familiarity with a range of different artists and with the ideas and arguments about art that developed during this time. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art history. No prior study of art history is expected, though you should be able to write and discuss your ideas in English. The course is assessed by a 2500-word essay at the end. Your tutor will support you with preparation for this.

If you are interested in pursuing your studies further in this fascinating subject, we offer a range of one and two-term short courses and study days. You can also use credits from this course towards our History of Art Certificate in Higher Education, which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree and can be used to progress straight into the second year of our BA programmes.

You can with questions about this course or any of our other art history courses.

This course is currently being run online.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.