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Exuberant Splendors: The Baroque Palaces and Mansions of 17th-century Europe

Register for this Spring 2024 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website .
Explore magnificent palaces and mansions in England, France, Italy, Holland, and Sweden, to reveal the architecture, interiors, and decorative arts of the impressive baroque style. Discover dramatic staterooms and dining rooms, daring rooflines, ceremonial staircases, elaborately painted trompe l’oeil ceilings, exquisitely patterned floors, and extensive gardens. Study royal and aristocratic patronage, exemplified by London’s Kensington Palace, Versailles, the Palazzo Rosso in Genoa, and Sweden’s Drottingholm Castle. Examine the creativity of architects, craftsmen, and designers as renowned as Christopher Wren at Hampton Court and John Vanbrugh at Blenheim Palace, England; Tessin in Sweden; and Le Vau, who designed Vaux le Vicomte near Paris and who is famed for his work at Versailles.  Spring 2024 tuition is $449.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A familiarity with the history and styles of the great palaces and mansions of 17th century Europe
  • A new appreciation for European architecture and interior design

Ideal for

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