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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.

Please note, this course takes place in the Scottish National Gallery.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

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.


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.