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Discover our world-famous collection of paintings, drawings and decorative arts. Ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century the collection is displayed in the elegant surroundings of Somerset House. The Courtauld is best known for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including celebrated works by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin as well as a major group of paintings by Cézanne.

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Shuffle your decks, it's #CardPlayingDay! 🃏 Paul Cézanne’s paintings of card players have long been considered to be amo...
28/12/2020

Shuffle your decks, it's #CardPlayingDay! 🃏

Paul Cézanne’s paintings of card players have long been considered to be among his most iconic and powerful works. The series was a major undertaking and, unusually for the artist, he made a significant number of preparatory works, including drawings, watercolours and oil studies.

Any guesses on what game they are playing? 🧐

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The Card Players, 1892-96. The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Seasons Greetings and best wishes for the new year from The Courtauld!Camille Pissarro sought beauty and inspiration fro...
25/12/2020

Seasons Greetings and best wishes for the new year from The Courtauld!

Camille Pissarro sought beauty and inspiration from his everyday surroundings – something we have all been trying to do this year. In this atmospheric snow scene form the fields surrounding the town of Eragny, outside Paris, where he lived, he managed to do exactly that, turning the ordinary into something remarkable ❄️

We hope you can enjoy your surroundings, wherever they may be.

#InOurCollection Pissarro, Eragny in the snow, around 1890, graphite and watercolour, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Today is the #DecemberSolstice, the shortest day of the year. Are you ready for some stargazing? ✨ This intensely atmosp...
21/12/2020

Today is the #DecemberSolstice, the shortest day of the year. Are you ready for some stargazing? ✨

This intensely atmospheric nocturne, made during Peter Paul Rubens's last years, is an exploration of effect of moonlight near Antwerp.

This work #InOurCollection is currently on loan at the National Gallery

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Landscape by Moonlight, 1635-40. The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Florentine marriage chests (cassoni) like the Morelli-Nerli Wedding Chests were often decorated with narratives from Rom...
18/12/2020

Florentine marriage chests (cassoni) like the Morelli-Nerli Wedding Chests were often decorated with narratives from Roman history – the hero of the stories on these two pieces is the Roman soldier and statesman Marcus Furius Camillus. #FurnitureFriday

Find out more about these chests #InOurCollection: http://ow.ly/AXYF50CPr9l

Biagio di Antonio, maker: Zanobi di Domenico, Chest and spalliera with the arms of Vaggia Nerli and Lorenzo Morelli, 1472, © The Courtauld

What are you reading at the moment?  📚Representations of the Virgin and Child were among the stock-in-trade of every Ren...
17/12/2020

What are you reading at the moment? 📚

Representations of the Virgin and Child were among the stock-in-trade of every Renaissance artist. In this drawing from the late 15th century, a mother, perched on a window ledge, turns from her book to look at her son. Only the haloes and the crown held by the toddler indicate that this is Mary and the infant Christ.

The construction and technique of this drawing are typical of #Carpaccio. He often laid in the rudiments of his drawings with red chalk, then built up the composition with pen and ink. Here, the chalk also contributes to the final effect, working in combination with the ink to create a strong sense of shape and shadow.

Vittore Carpaccio, Virgin Mary reading to the Infant Christ (recto), late 1480s – early 1490s © The Courtauld

Booking is now open for our exciting new Art History Short Courses programmes for 2021! From intensive five day courses ...
17/12/2020
The Courtauld Online Short Courses 2021

Booking is now open for our exciting new Art History Short Courses programmes for 2021! From intensive five day courses to online Study Tours and our extended online programme of online Summer School courses, book your place now: https://courtauld.ac.uk/learn/short-courses-2021

Vincent Van Gogh, Peach Trees in Blossom,1889 © The Courtauld

The Courtauld's range of short courses taught online, including essential introductions, our evening lecture series, and online study tour series.

The Courtauld Gallery is reopening in late 2021, providing a new home for our world-famous collection. It’s time to redi...
16/12/2020

The Courtauld Gallery is reopening in late 2021, providing a new home for our world-famous collection. It’s time to rediscover your favourite works!

From Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including iconic works by Manet, Degas, van Gogh, Gauguin and Cézanne, to one of the most significant collections of works on paper in the UK, with approximately 7,000 drawings and watercolours and 26,000 prints, do you have a favourite?

Or perhaps you are most excited about our sculpture and decorative arts collections, dating from Antiquity to the 20th century and including exceptional objects like The Courtauld Metal Bag, or the modern beauty of Edgar Degas’ ballet dancers.

We can’t wait to welcome you back.

The Blavatnik Fine Rooms will open in late 2021, as part of the opening of the new Courtauld Gallery. The complete resto...
16/12/2020

The Blavatnik Fine Rooms will open in late 2021, as part of the opening of the new Courtauld Gallery.

The complete restoration, repair and refurbishment of the rooms has been made possible by a lead donation of £10 million from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the philanthropists Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik – one of the most significant donations in the history of The Courtauld.

The six galleries of the Blavatnik Fine Rooms will be situated on the second floor of The Courtauld when it opens. The galleries will show some of the greatest works in The Courtauld’s collection, ranging from the Renaissance to the 18th Century, and from paintings to decorative arts. The Courtauld's celebrated collection of works by Peter Paul Rubens will be one of the highlights of these displays. The extensive renovation of the galleries will greatly increase their accessibility, as well as allow the collection to be displayed better and more beautifully than ever before – bringing it to new audiences and enabling them to engage with the works in new ways.

Freshly restored and reinterpreted, visitors will also be able to appreciate and enjoy the rooms themselves as remarkable architectural and historic spaces. They were originally designed for England's greatest learned societies: The Royal Academy of Art, The Royal Society and The Society of Antiquaries. It was in these spaces that early demonstrations of photography took place, major scientific announcements were made - such as the discovery of the planet Uranus - and where the leading artists of the age, including Constable and Turner, met and discussed painting and sculpture.

Highlights of the Blavatnik Fine Rooms will include:

Adam and Eve, by Lucas Cranach the Elder (currently on display at the National Gallery, London)

The Family of Jan Bruegel the Elder and The Descent From The Cross, by Peter Paul Rubens

The Trinity with Saints altarpiece by Sandro Botticelli

Landscape with a flight into Egypt by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Portrait of Margaret Gainsborough, by Thomas Gainsborough

Read more: courtauld.ac.uk/blavatnik-fine-rooms-news

16/12/2020

The Courtauld is delighted to announce that our historic central London gallery is set to reopen in late 2021, following a major transformation project supported by £9.5 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and generous donations from foundations, individuals and other supporters.

Our spectacular Great Room, has been restored to its original proportions to provide a new home for our world-famous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings including Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK, including Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine.

The Courtauld’s collection will be completely redisplayed and newly interpreted. Internationally famous works from the Renaissance to the 18th Century will be shown in the beautifully restored Blavatnik Fine Rooms, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Cranach, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Rubens.

There will be new and transformed galleries devoted to the Medieval and Early Renaissance collection, 20th Century art, and the work of the Bloomsbury Group. Elegantly designed new exhibition galleries will enable The Courtauld to extend its celebrated programme of international loan exhibitions, alongside smaller temporary projects.

Accessibility to the building will be dramatically improved, and new interpretation and display of the artworks will make them more engaging than ever before. A redesigned visitor reception will improve access, whilst a new Learning Centre will provide improved facilities for school groups, families, young people, community groups and adult learners. There will also be a new shop, and café. To support collection care, teaching and learning, the Conservation studios have been extensively rebuilt, and a new Object Study room created for students to work closely with The Courtauld’s collection.

Read more: courtauld.ac.uk/courtauld-gallery-reopening-news

We look forward to welcoming you back in late 2021!

Have you visited the Precious & Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld exhibition at the History of Science Museum i...
15/12/2020
Curator's Tour - Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld - Cultures in Conversation

Have you visited the Precious & Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld exhibition at the History of Science Museum in Oxford yet?

From stunning court fashion and intriguing astrolabes to beautiful bowls and candlesticks, immerse yourself in 6 centuries of Islamic artisanship. The exhibition is open until 10 Jan 2021.

Book a free ticket 👉hsm.ox.ac.uk/islamicmetalwork

And if you're not able to make it to the exhibition, there is plenty to explore on the History of Science Museum website too, including this fascinating Curator's tour ✨ youtu.be/nYVnhWB8yEQ

Book your free, timed ticket: https://bit.ly/BookFreeTicketIslamic metalwork — more than any other form of Islamic craftsmanship — represents a meeting point...

14/12/2020
The Fine Print Episode 4: The Impressionists as Printmakers

Last week, we announced our new partnership exhibition - Renoir and the New Era - at Ulster Museum, Belfast which looks specifically at the 1874 ‘First Impressionist Exhibition’ and how the Impressionist movement, represented the emergence of democracy within culture and a new era of thought around art, politics and representation.

Listen to the final episode of 'The Fine Print' podcast series by National Museums NI, where Curator of Art, Anna Liesching chats to Dr Rachel Sloan, Assistant Curator of Works on Paper at The Courtauld, about the new exhibition.

Anna and Rachel discuss prints in the exhibition, the place of printmaking in Impressionism and how important an artwork’s title can be for understanding its meaning.

Listen to the podcast here: bit.ly/37gWeMv

And for a full audio tour of Renoir and The New Era, take the Smartify tour here: smartify.org/tours/renoir-and-the-new-era---impressionist-works-from-the-courtauld

Edvard Munch was born #OnThisDay in 1863 😱In this self-portrait lithograph, Munch asserts himself as the archetypal "tor...
12/12/2020

Edvard Munch was born #OnThisDay in 1863 😱

In this self-portrait lithograph, Munch asserts himself as the archetypal "tortured artist". In 1885, Munch travelled to Paris, and was extremely influenced by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists including Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin.

Edvard Munch, Self-portrait, lithograph, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

"I paint ideas, not things." - George Frederick Watts. Happy #MountainDay 🗻#InOurCollection George Frederick Watts (1807...
11/12/2020

"I paint ideas, not things." - George Frederick Watts. Happy #MountainDay 🗻

#InOurCollection George Frederick Watts (1807-1904), Alpine Landscape, watercolour on paper © The Courtauld

The Courtauld Research Forum is pleased to announce that Open Courtauld Hour is back in early 2021!Open Courtauld Hour i...
11/12/2020

The Courtauld Research Forum is pleased to announce that Open Courtauld Hour is back in early 2021!

Open Courtauld Hour is an online miniseries providing one-hour packages of pop-up talks, performances and in detail object study sessions that explore and celebrate The Courtauld’s collection, research in art history, curation and conservation.

Upcoming episodes in series 4 include 'Radical Printmaking' on 4 Feb which will explore the 'Renoir and the New Era' exhibition at Ulster Museum, Belfast and will also give you the chance to get creative yourself and make your own radical prints.

Open Courtauld Hour is free and open to everyone!

Pre-book your tickets here: courtauld.ac.uk/open-courtauld-hour-series-4

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s masterpiece La Loge #InOurCollection has gone on display at Ulster Museum, Belfast for the first...
11/12/2020

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s masterpiece La Loge #InOurCollection has gone on display at Ulster Museum, Belfast for the first time as part of a new exhibition - Renoir and the New Era: Impressionist works from The Courtauld ✨

The exhibition looks specifically at the 1874 ‘First Impressionist Exhibition’ that featured La Loge and how the painting itself, and the Impressionist movement, represented the emergence of democracy within culture and a new era of thought around art, politics and representation.

Accompanying works on paper by Berthe Morisot, Édouard Manet and Camille Pissarro, also from The Courtauld’s collection, raise the subjects of the portrayal of women in Impressionism, new approaches to drawing the figure, and depicting daily life.

This exhibition is part of our Courtauld National Partners programme and is supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Tickets are free and can be booked in advanced. You can also enjoy a smARTify tour of the exhibition: www.smartify.org/tours/renoir-and-the-new-era---impressionist-works-from-the-courtauld

Find out more 👉 courtauld.ac.uk/la-loge-ulster-museum

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.”Auguste Rodin had a fascination with dance and bodies, and spent hours capturing their ...
10/12/2020
Exhibition: Rodin and Dance | The Essence of Movement

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.”

Auguste Rodin had a fascination with dance and bodies, and spent hours capturing their expressive movements ✨

Our past exhibition 'Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement' discovered this passion, centred arounud a series of experimental sculptures made in 1911, 'Dance Movements', which offer a rare glimpse into #Rodin's unique working practices. In collaboration with Musée Rodin 👨‍🎨

These stretching, leaping and twisting figures in teracotta and plaster were presented alongside a series of remarkable drawings, including of the acrobatic models who posed for him.

Discover more👇#ThrowbackThursday

https://youtu.be/izaFUtBDGLE

Dr Alexandra Gerstein discusses the work of Auguste Rodin and his long-term passion for capturing expressive movement in drawings and small scale sculptures.

The Courtauld is delighted to launch the James Hughes-Hallett Undergraduate Scholarship to provide financial support to ...
08/12/2020
The Courtauld launches the James Hughes-Hallett Undergraduate Scholarship - The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld is delighted to launch the James Hughes-Hallett Undergraduate Scholarship to provide financial support to students who are underrepresented in higher education.

In each academic year, beginning 2021/22, The Courtauld will award three UK undergraduate students £10,000 each over the course of their three-year BA course. This money can be used to support living costs, and is in addition to the annual Courtauld Bursary, which is worth up to an additional £3,000 per year.

Find out more: courtauld.ac.uk/undergraduate-scholarship-launch

The Courtauld Institute of Art, commonly referred to as The Courtauld, is a self-governing college of the University of London specialising in the study of the history of art and conservation.

As the weather gets chillier, we hope you are keeping warm! ❄️ #InOurCollection Denis Dighton (1792 - 1827), An Inhabita...
07/12/2020

As the weather gets chillier, we hope you are keeping warm! ❄️

#InOurCollection Denis Dighton (1792 - 1827), An Inhabitant of Norrland, 1823. The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

There is still time to book your free ticket for The Courtauld Research Forum's special event - Dan Hicks and ‘The Bruti...
04/12/2020
[ONLINE] Dan Hicks and ‘The Brutish Museums’ - The Courtauld Institute of Art

There is still time to book your free ticket for The Courtauld Research Forum's special event - Dan Hicks and ‘The Brutish Museums' - on Mon 7 Dec at 6pm (GMT).

The necessary drive for the ‘decolonisation’ of the arts and the restitution of looted artefacts is mounting in light of Black Lives Matter and the antiracism movement.

Join Professor Dan Hicks (Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford) as he introduces his new book – The Brutish Museums – exploring Britain’s museums and galleries as custodians of internationally significant objects and artefacts, as well as their untold stories of colonialism, empire and exploitation. Followed by a Q&A.

Book here: https://courtauld.ac.uk/event/dan-hicks-and-the-brutish-museums

The Courtauld Institute of Art, commonly referred to as The Courtauld, is a self-governing college of the University of London specialising in the study of the history of art and conservation.

What do these works by Perino, Manet, Rembrandt and Degas have in common? They are all unfinished. 👀'Unfinished... Works...
03/12/2020

What do these works by Perino, Manet, Rembrandt and Degas have in common?

They are all unfinished. 👀

'Unfinished... Works from The Courtauld Gallery' was our Summer Showcase Special Display in 2015, and the subject of this #ThrowbackThursday. This display brought together paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described - rightly or wrongly - as 'unfinished'.

Many of these works were abandoned by a dissatisfied artist or left incomplete on their death, whilst others occupy a more ambiguous territory. The Impressionists were widely criticised for displaying works that looked unfinished, and the late 19th century saw clashes between artistic intention and public reception.

What do you think counts as a 'finished' work of art? 🎨

Perino del Vaga, Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, 1528-37; Rembrandt Hermensz van Rijn, Artist drawing from the model (unfinished); Edouard Manet, Au Bal - Margeurite del Conflans en Toilette de Bal, 1870-80; Edgar Degas, Lady with a Parasol, 1870-72. The Courtauld Gallery (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

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Discover our world-famous collection of paintings, drawings and decorative arts. Ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, the collection is displayed in the elegant surroundings of Somerset House. The Courtauld is best known for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including celebrated works by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin as well as a major group of paintings by Cézanne. Visitors can enjoy iconic masterpieces such as Manet's 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' and Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.'


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Are you a current or former museum and gallery professional working in the UK or internationally? We are inviting colleagues in the sector to complete a survey that aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of current and former museum and gallery professionals in relation to graduate employability in the sector. Our survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdekeCXoKtluvSF-r1Y_JXOKTMVaTZ36UB8PKlpjhWyGI3QwQ/viewform (closing date: 18th of June). We would appreciate if you could take the time to complete our survey and circulate it amongst your colleagues. This survey is part of the project Curating Expertise: Towards a Museum Forum @ King’s, with which we aim to build an interdisciplinary Museum Studies teaching and research agenda at King’s College London. We are interested in colleagues’ thoughts about the knowledges, skills and experience that museum studies graduates should possess to be employable in the sector today. We are particularly keen to hear from those interested in contributing, in one form or another, to the delivery of a London-based but globally focused new Museum Studies teaching provision. Whilst we are interested in collaborating with London-based institutions / professionals, we would be delighted to also hear from colleagues across the UK and internationally. Whilst we appreciate this is a time of uncertainty for the sector, it seems a critical moment to reflect on how we can train future generations of resilient museum professionals. If you wish to get in touch, you can reach us at [email protected] and [email protected]. Best wishes, Dr Stuart Dunn (DDH) and Dr Serena Iervolino (CMCI)
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Just watched a YouTube video that stated a 14th century cesspit had been discovered under the Courtauld Gallery that included tiles depicting a mythical beast with a mans head and a lions body. If this is correct information, could it actually depict William Wallace - as a lion was the flag/coat of arms for the Wallace family? (My grandfather, during the second world war, had a potty with Hitler's face inside so that you could urinate on him!)
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