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A Brush with History: England's Past Portrayed

From Tudor portraiture to Victorian domesticity, English paintings provide modern viewers a wealth of details about the country’s history, traditions, and culture. In this course, delve behind the brushstrokes to reveal a portrait of English history and its many facets. By examining English art, we will explore topics such as royalty and royal portraiture, castles, landscapes, Georgian “conversation pieces,” and, of course, animals! Each session will cover one historical theme, and we will look at how that theme has been interpreted over the years by artists—some English and others who were viewing English history and traditions as outsiders. Artists to be discussed include Holbein, Lely, Hogarth, Constable, Gainsborough, Turner, and Whistler. This course also includes a comparison of photographic rarities, revealing fascinating aspects of the various eras.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Greater familiarity with English painters and the varied styles and traditions of English painting
  • An understanding of how English history and culture are reflected in its art

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • History buffs and art lovers
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.


    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 22 - Apr 26
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $460