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Art and society in eighteenth-century Britain

Five-day intensive art history summer course

Short course

● Cancelled

  • 20 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 21 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 22 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 23 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 24 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
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Angelica Kauffman

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Angelica Kauffmann, Portrait of Lady Georgiana, Lady Henrietta Frances and George John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 1774.

Oil on canvas. 126.8cm x 101.5cm. Althorp House, Northamptonshire.

Immerse yourself in the art world of 18th century Britain in this week-long summer school focused on the period of the Enlightenment.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel all events advertised for 2020 at this moment. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk and include your order number to arrange a refund. We aim to reply within 5 working days.

This course is a comprehensive look at the art of the 18th century, focusing on the art and architecture of the time and the ideas of the behind Enlightenment period. We’ll then go on to explore the society and culture of the time through scientific breakthroughs and the work of thinkers and writers such as Hume, Kant, Rousseau, Smith and Voltaire.

You’ll delve into British art, including William Hogarth and the founding of the RA in 1768, as well as consider it’s international influences such as the Grand Tour and the great European art movements of the period: Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical and Romanticism.

The week is comprised of a schedule of talks, seminars and discussions based at the Royal Academy’s iconic 18th-century home, Burlington House, and will include access to many of London’s greatest art collections. The course is led by a broad range of experts and speakers and encourages a collaborative and discursive environment.

After completing the course, you’ll have a strong understanding of both the art and the culture of the 18th century, and the lasting impact that the Age of Enlightenment had on future generations of artists’ and their works.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 20 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 21 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 22 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 23 July 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 24 July 2020, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£1,800. Includes all materials, light refreshments each day and drinks receptions throughout the week.