Languages for All
Short Courses
Your basket
Your account

Discovering the National Collections 1

Course Times & Enrolment

This course is currently unavailable.

Course Summary

Gather at the National Gallery of Scotland, on the Mound, to discover first-hand the magnificent holdings of European paintings in our national collections. This course will enable you to extend your visual skills and knowledge in considering art from the Renaissance to the early Baroque period in the company of an expert.

Please meet at the Information Desk in the entrance hall to the National Gallery of Scotland.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prior knowledge is required, but consulting at least one of the course texts is recommended.

Content of Course

This programme may be subject to change due to changes in display and/or items being on loan to other galleries or in conservation.

1. Daddi

2. Verrocchio

3. Botticelli

4. Van der Goes

5. Van Cleve

6. Leonardo

7. Raphael

8. Titian

9. Veronese

10. Bassano

Teaching method(s)

Lecture based, with discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Engage with original works of art in their gallery setting and context;

  • Subject works of art to visual and comparative analysis;

  • Gain background information on artists, periods, movements and styles.


Core Readings


  • Clarke, Michael et al, 2000. Companion Guide to the National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh: Trustees of the National Gallery of Scotland.


  • Gombrich, E.H., 2000. The Story of Art. 4th ed. London: Phaidon.
  • Honour, H. and Fleming, J., 2000. A World History of Art. 5th ed. London: Laurence King.

Web Sources

Class Handouts

At the start of each course, you will be given a reading list concerning the specific artist / genre / period under consideration.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.