History of Art, Spring term 2017: The Age of Baroque: 17th century Art and Architecture Summer Term 2017: Town and Country House Interiors

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This course will survey the art and architecture of seventeenth century Europe, with a focus on its international nature and examining how it developed as a response to intellectual and cultural forces such as the Counter-Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. The Baroque style got its name in the 19th century, the name taken from the Portuguese word Barocco which means irregular or rough.  It was an art then underappreciated and found to be exaggerated.  This course will reassess the style, looking in detail at the lives and works of some of the finest artists and architects of the age including Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Velazquez.

 London holds important collections of Baroque art and this course includes four visits to allow students direct observation of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures in collections in the capital.

Tutor:                Julia Weiner

Time:                Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dates:             18 Jan – March 29 (half term Feb 22)

May 10 – June 28 (half term May 31)

Venue:              Victoria Hall

Fees:                HLSI members £90 for a 10-week term

£65 for 7-week summer term

Non-members £115 for a 10-week term

£82 for 7-week summer term                                                                     Spring Term 2017

Week 1 18/1 Velazquez

Week 2 25/1 Other Spanish Painters: Sanchez Cotan, Zurburan and Murillo 

Week 3 1/2 French Artists in Rome:  Poussin and Claude

Week 4 8/2 French Painting: De Champaigne, De la Tour, the Le Nain Brothers, Vouet and

Le Brun

Week 5 15/2 Visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery (or the National Gallery)


Week 6 1/3 An Introduction to the Golden Age of Dutch Painting

Week 7 8/3 Rembrandt

Week 8 15/3 Vermeer, De Hooch and the Leiden Fijnschilders – Genre Painting in the Netherlands

Week 9 22/3 Landscape and Still Life Painting in the Netherlands

Week 10 29/3 A visit to the Prints and Drawings Room at the British Museum 

Optional Reading List

Sutherland Harris, Anne, Seventeenth Century Art and Architecture, Laurence King 2008

Hall, James, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art, John Murray 1989

Bailey, Gauvin Alexander, Baroque and Rococo, Phaidon 2012

Blunt, Anthony F, Revised by Beresford, Richard, Art and Architecture in France, 1500–1700, Yale University Press 1989

Boucher, Bruce, Italian Baroque Sculpture, Thames & Hudson 1998

Brown, Jonathan, Painting in Spain, 1500-1700, Yale University Press 1998

Carr, Dawson, El Greco to Goya, National Gallery 2009

Franitz, Wayne, Dutch 17th Century Genre Painting, Yale University Press 2008

Haak, Bob, The Golden Age: Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, Waanders 1999

Haskell, Francis, Patrons and Painters: Study in the Relations Between Italian Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque, Yale University Press 1980

Wieseman, Marjorie E, Dutch Painting, National Gallery 2007

Wittkower, Rudolf (With Montagu, Jennifer and Connors, Joseph), Art and Architecture in Italy 1600-1750 Vol 1 The Early Baroque and Vol 2 The High Baroque, Yale University Press 1999


 London has particularly strong collections of Baroque art and due to time and travel restraints, we shall not be able to visit all the relevant collections. Students might also wish to visit the following

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R ORN

Whilst most famous for the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the collection, the Courtauld also holds a major collection of paintings by Rubens

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN  The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house.  It includes paintings by many of the artists we are studying.  Entrance is free and the collection is a short walk from Bond Street tube station.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL The V&A is the greatest museum of the decorative arts in the world.  The new European Galleries opened in December 2015 and include a number of sculptures by Bernini and his contemporaries as well as examples of decorative arts. Entrance is free and the museum is close to South Kensington tube station

Apsley House, 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7N The home of the Duke of Wellington is close to Hyde Park Corner tube station.  On show is his collection of paintings including some major works by Velazquez.  There is an entrance charge.

Summer Term 2017


A seven week course based on visits to museums and historic houses. In London and the surrounding area, there are a number of town and country houses which conserve interiors from different periods.  This course will examine the changing style of the English domestic interior focusing on the period 1600 to 1939. The course will include visits to a number of homes as well as sessions in the Geffrye Museum of the Domestic Interior and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Participants will be introduced to the various design styles that were popular in this country during the period, allowing them to develop a critical awareness of the history of interior design, gaining a sound understanding of relevant historical, cultural, social and political factors. They will also encounter homes designed by some of the best-known British designers including Robert Adam, George Aitchison and Ernö Goldfinger.


Week 1 – Introduction to the English domestic interior at the Victoria & Albert Museum (Free entrance)

Week 2 – Visit to Strawberry Hill, Neo-Gothic country house that belonged to writer Horace Walpole

(Entrance fee)

Week 3 – Visit to Osterley Park – 18th century Neo-Classical country house or (if students prefer) to Kenwood

(Osterley Park is National Trust.  Kenwood has free entrance)

Week 4 – Visit to the Geffrye Museum to study 19th century interiors (Free entrance)

Week 5 –  Visit to Leighton House, home of Lord Leighton (Entrance fee)

Week 6 –  Visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum to study Art Deco and Modernism (Free entrance)

Week 7 –  Visit to 2 Willow Road, home of Modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger (National Trust – Entrance fee)

Please note that entrance fees are waived in National Trust properties for National Trust members and in other charging venues there are concessions, including a reduction for holders of the National Art Pass.







Anscombe, Isabelle

Arts and Crafts Style




Eds. Benton, Charlotte, Benton, Tim, Wood, Ghislaine

Art Deco 1910-1939

V&A Publications





Brooks, Chris

The Gothic Revival




Bryson, Bill

At Home, A Short History of Private Life

Black Swan




Cooper, Jeremy

Victorian and Edwardian Decor

Abbeville Press



Dewing, David

The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

The Geffrye Museum



Gere, Charlotte, 


Artistic Circles:Design and Decoration in the Aesthetic Movement

V&A Publishing





Gore, Ann and ALan

The History of English Interiors



Flanders, Judith

The Making of Home:  The 500-year story of how our houses become homes


Atlantic Books


Jenkins, Simon

England’s Thousand Best Houses

Penguin/Allen Lane



Lewis, Philippa

Everyman’s Castle

Frances Lincoln



Parissien, Steven

Regency Style

Adam Style

Palladian Style






Parissien, Steven

Interiors:  The Home since 1700

Laurence King



Pile, John

A History of Interior Design

Laurence King




Snodin, Michael

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill

Yale University Press



Snodin, Michael & Styles, John

Design and the Decorative Arts:

Vol I Tudor and Stuart Britain 1500-1714

Vol II Georgian Britain 1714-1837

Vol III Victorian Britain 1837-1901


V&A Publishing


Van der Post, Lucia

William Morris and Morris and Co.

V&A Publications




Thornton, Peter

Authentic Décor; Domestic Interior 1620-1920

Weidenfeld & Nicolson





Ed. Wilk Christopher

Modernism: Designing a Modern World


V&A Publications



Wilson, Vicky

London’s Houses

Metro Publications