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COL at the National Galleries of Scotland: Treasures of the 15th to 17th Centuries

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

The National Gallery of Scotland holds one of the finest collections of fifteenth-, sixteenth-, and seventeenth-century paintings in the country. This three-day course will examine the paintings and artists as well as considering how these wonderful treasures arrived in Scotland. 

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Open to all. No prior knowledge required.

Content of Course

Each day will involve a lecture and discussion in the morning followed by a gallery visit in the afternoon. The course will look at a different century on each day.

Teaching method(s)

Combination of lectures and gallery visits.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a wide-ranging knowledge of the fifteenth- sixteenth- and seventeenth-century paintings held in the National Gallery of Scotland;
  • be familiar with the artists responsible for the work;
  • understand the role of the international art market in the dissemination of paintings;
  • engage critically with the historical circumstances and extant evidence.


Core Readings

Clark, M., Bowron, E. and Butterfield, A., 2010. Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting. Newhaven, CT: Yale University Press

Gombrich, E. H., 2003. The Story of Art. London: Phaidon

Various authors, 2000. A Companion to the National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland

Class Handouts

There will be handouts summarising course content and slideshows.

Student support

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