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After Caravaggio: Seventeenth-Century Painting in Europe

This course explores the different paths followed by European painters of the seventeenth century. Caravaggio was initially widely admired and emulated. Later, his work was contrasted with Classicism, where the preferred models were the works of Raphael and the classical sculpture of antiquity. Guido Reni, Domenichino and Nicolas Poussin were artists who followed this path. Titian’s Venetian painterly style was also influential on painters specialising in portraiture and history painting including Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Velázquez. Landscape, a genre developed in sixteenth-century Venice, became, in the hands of Poussin and Claude, an expressive genre reflecting critical debates about style. We will discuss critical opinions on these artists, including texts from writers such as Filippo Baldinucci, G.B. Agucchi, G.P. Bellori, Marco Boschini and Francesco Algerotti. The course will include a visit to the National Gallery if possible, to be confirmed near the start of the course.

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.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • 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.

First class: Sat 16-Jan-21 11am-1pm

Class code ARVC233H4ACB