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After Caravaggio: Seventeenth-Century Painting in Europe


FIRST CLASS: Tuesday 11 January 2022, 6pm-7.30pm


Our short course After Caravaggio: Seventeenth-Century Painting in Europe gives you the chance to explore the exciting variety of directions followed by European painters of the seventeenth century.

The course is taught by the art historian Christopher Moock, who has taught within the department for many years. Following on from the National Gallery's winter exhibition on Poussin, this 11-week course will explore the work of this important artist and his contemporaries as they engaged with the long tradition of European Classicism in new ways. The course will be taught face-to-face in the classroom, unless circumstances dictate otherwise. It will be supported by access to our online learning platform.

At the beginning of the century, Caravaggio was widely admired and emulated. We will look at how later artists turned away from his approach towards the works of Raphael and the classical sculpture of antiquity. Nicolas Poussin was among the artists who followed this path. At the same time, we will consider other currents that took artists in a range of new directions.

After Caravaggio: Seventeenth-Century Painting in Europe covers a number of interesting themes including:

  • The legacy of Caravaggio
  • Poussin and the reinvigoration of the European Classical tradition
  • The influence of Titian
  • Rubens, Rembrandt and Velázquez and new forms of history painting
  • Poussin and Claude and landscape painting as a new genre

The course is assessed by a 2500-word essay at the end. Your tutor will support you in preparation for this.

If you wish to progress your studies further in this fascinating area, you can use credits from this short course towards our History of Art Certificate in Higher Education. This 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 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.

    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.

    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 register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.