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The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850

Online Course, English, 2018

Look afresh at the great works of art being created in Europe from the Early Renaissance to the 19th Century, and discover how these old master pictures are presented to the contemporary art market. Over the course of six lavishly-produced lessons, you will encounter the major stylistic periods and understand the important developments in art history. Each week also includes a unique and exclusive insight into Christie’s Old Master Pictures department, and how specialists research, conserve, hang and auction works of art from the European masters.

By the end of this course:

•You will have gained a solid understanding of the great works of art created in Europe from the Early Renaissance to Romanticism.

•You will be able to identify the major movements, styles and artists active in Europe during this period. You will have gained an understanding of the significant similarities and differences between works of art created in different parts of Europe.

•You will have been taught how artists’ influence spread across geography and time, and which artists significantly changed the course of art history. 

•You will have learned how old master pictures have been bought and sold throughout history, and how they are brought to today’s market.

•You will understand the process by which Christie’s curates a sale of old master pictures, from research and conservation to the auction itself, with particular reference to the record-breaking sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salavator Mundi at Christie’s New York.

Registration will open when 2018 course dates are released. Register your interest in advance by clicking the link below to enter your details and we will contact you once registration opens.

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Course details


  • The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850 will launch in summer 2018*.

    *All dates for courses that have not yet launched subject to change

Course Schedule

  • Six-week Program

    Week 1 - Early Renaissance in Italy & Northern Renaissance (c.1300-c.1450)

    Week 2 - The High Renaissance in Italy (c.1490-1527)

    Week 3 - Northern Art of the 16th Century

    Week 4 - Baroque Art in Italy and Spain (c.1600-c.1700) 

    Week 5 - Northern Baroque Art; Rococo and the Enlightenment, 17th Century 

    Week 6 - Art in the Nineteenth Century: Neoclassicism and Romanticism 

Additional Course Information

  • The course will require approx. 2 hrs of study time per week. There will be weekly assignments with set texts and optional further reading. 

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    Technical Requirements

    The course is facilitated through an online learning environment that is compatible with modern browsers. It is the responsibility of students to have the proper hardware and software required to participate, along with access to Wifi. The basic technical requirements can be found in the FAQs. 


  • The course is convened by Ben Street, Art Historian.