Duccio to Degas: Introducing art in the Western European tradition 1250–1925

Autumn school

Monday 25 September – Friday 29 September, 11am–4pm

Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

Richard Stemp, Rachel Billinge, Matthew Morgan, Gill Hart, Christina Bradstreet

£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 the same as the course held in July?
This is a repeat of the 'Duccio to Degas' course held in July 2016 and 2017, with some changes subject to the availability of speakers and paintings.

What have others said about the course? 
“The course was jam-packed with fascinating and stimulating information presented in a lively way by very well informed and knowledgeable presenters.”

"The course improved my ability to enjoy looking at art by giving me a tool kit to apply. I learned how to look at paintings and to take the time to see and think about the composition and story. I learned to slow down when looking at a painting and not to try to see too much.”

“All the lecturers have been great, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They accepted all comments and points of view with great generosity. The general atmosphere among the participants was very nice and relaxing.”

“Well structured, highly informative, well-paced, fun, energetic and vibrant. Not the least intimidating. A great way to spend a week!”

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