History of Art

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Please note we have used "courses" to broadly cover courses, lectures, exhibitions and any other single "experience", and that we only profile a small selection of courses from each provider. In doing so we hope that this will help you to discover where to explore for other similar courses, without having to wade through thousands of courses to find what you really want.

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Entry – typically the shortest courses where no prior knowledge of the subject is needed.
Explore – may be short, may be longer, but we assume that typically you have an existing interest in the topic and would like to know more, and are prepared to commit more time and perhaps pay a bit more.
Expert – we reserve this for the courses that are the most intensive, specialist in nature and perhaps comparatively more costly.


We have divided courses according to whether you can do them at home/where you want, or whether you have to go to a specific place.
In Person – you need to go to where the course is delivered.
Online – you do the course where you want


Many of us don’t realise that there is a lot of free material online, so we give you the option to choose if you only want to look at free “content”.

Spring 2019 Tour of Baroque Rome & Renaissance Orvieto

Join Hotel Alphabet’s Marie-Anne Mancio in gorgeous Rome and Umbria for four days of fascinating Baroque and Renaissance art history. This is a small-group experience which prides itself on academic excellence, and going the extra mile for delighted guests…

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‘Sappho to Suffrage’: women who dared

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition showcases more than eighty highlights from the Libraries’ extensive archival collection.

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Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

Who owns art? How can we protect it? Delve into the underbelly of the art world through this thrilling three-week online antiquities trafficking course which will explore how art is stolen, trafficked, found and returned.

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Sino-Japanese Interactions through Rare Books

If, like us, you are intrigued as to how Chinese culture was received and adapted by Japan, FutureLearn’s Sino-Japanese Interaction course will prove to be a really fascinating insight into the history of rare books in China and the development of Japanese culture. Suitable for literature lovers, historians and anyone with a special interest in Asia.

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Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Join this free, on-line course and visit Rome virtually to understand and interpret the archaeological ruins of this ancient city. Whether you are planning a trip to Rome or simply fascinated by its history – this is set to be an exciting exploration of the topography, architecture and enthralling past of the ancient Roman capital.

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V & A Collections

Did you know that your can browse the V&A Museum’s extraordinary collections online? 1.1 million objects and more than 600,000 images, for free? Paintings, Photography, Textiles, Theatre & Performance, South Asia, Europe 1600 – 1815, Architecture, Jewellery, and Fashion. Several of these collections are amongst the largest in the world.

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National Trust Collections

This might be one of Britain’s greatest secrets – until now! The National Trust is well known for preserving stately homes & heritage buildings across Britain, but what is far less well known is that its cause for preserving and protecting Britain’s heritage, now extends to giving free online access to an extraordinary catalogue of almost 850,000 objects.

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Art Appreciation Course

With tutors from across the art world, 24/7 support and a truly flexible online learning environment, this course is the ideal way to advance your art knowledge – at your own pace.

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