Summer Course Offerings at Sotheby’s, 2016

Posted in opportunities by Editor on February 18, 2016


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Among the course offerings this summer at Sotheby’s (for undergraduate credit). . .

European Decorative Arts: From Baroque to Art Nouveau
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, 31 May — 24 June 2016

Beginning in the seventeenth century with the rise of the Baroque and culminating in Art Nouveau at the end of the nineteenth, this varied and exciting course provides a comprehensive understanding of key stylistic developments in Western European design and the decorative arts. The course focuses on furniture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, explored within the context of architecture and interiors and the broader historical and cultural forces that have influenced the production and consumption of decorative art objects. It seeks also to provide students with a basic knowledge of materials and techniques.

A diverse programme of lectures is complemented by visits to leading museums, galleries and historic houses. Students are taught by a range of in-house tutors and visiting experts from the art world. The course is introductory and requires no prior knowledge. The teaching approach is object-based and enables students to gain confidence in analyzing and identifying a wide range of art objects. It promotes skills that will be useful for working in the art world and also serves as a bridging course for further study. Faculty: Helena Pickup (Course Leader), Lis Darby, Anne Ceresole, Daniel Packer, Elisabeth Bogdan.

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London, Art Capital of the World, 1700–2000
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, 28 June — 22 July 2016

The history of the market holds valuable lessons for those hoping to work in the commercial art world. London has been synonymous with the exhibiting, collecting, buying, and selling of art for centuries. This course will provide an in-depth exploration of the institutions, personalities, and locations that have made London the epicenter of the art world, historically and today. With many of these historic works and buildings still in existence and accessible, students will experience themselves how the art scene evolved along with the city itself. We will examine the key factors that led to an increase in the demand for fine arts and how London emerged as the favored location for auctions in the eighteenth century. The connection between opportunities to view works of art and the growth of collecting will be analyzed, as will the impact of the market on ‘native’ artists. Students acquire an understanding of the history of the art market, collecting, and museums. A comprehensive course of lectures is enhanced by visits to galleries, museums, and auction houses. Faculty: Elizabeth Pergam.

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