Duccio to Degas: Introducing Western European art 1250 to 1925

Summer school

Monday 24 July – Friday 28 July, 11am–4pm

Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

Jacqui Ansell, Christina Bradstreet, Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Gill Hart, Matthew Morgan, Richard Stemp

£385/£350 conc./£325 Members/£300 Students

Over the course of a week, learn about the development of art from 1250 to 1925. This introduction to the collection provides a rich opportunity to discover artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, and Monet, to examine their techniques and subject matter, and to explore the function of different paintings. The course is led by Gallery experts, and allows for questions and discussion.


Who is the tutor?
Sessions will be led by National Gallery experts, including curators and conservators as well as Gallery educators.

Where will we study?
Sessions will take place in front of paintings and in the conference room.

How is the course structured?
A typical day will begin with an introductory session, reviewing themes from the previous day. This will be followed by a combination of gallery-based teaching and slide lectures. At the end, you will be offered a celebratory drink and awarded with your certificate of completion.

Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring pens and a notebook.

Is food and accommodation provided?
Morning and afternoon coffee is included, as is lunch on the first day, so that attendees can meet fellow course-mates. Accommodation is not provided.

Who can attend?
This course is intended for adult learners. You must be over 16 years old. Participants under 18 will be required to supply a completed parent/guardian consent form, supplied after booking and prior to the start of the course.

Is this course the same as last year?
This is a repeat of 2016’s 'Duccio to Degas' course, with some changes subject to the availability of speakers and paintings.

Image above: Detail from Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Beach Scene, about 1869-70