Art Conversations: Art in Great Galleries & Museums

Most of us encounter art in places where our viewing experience has been shaped: on the walls of a purpose-built national collection or carefully curated house museum, for example. This art appreciation course considers the context of ‘institutionalised art’, exploring the meaning it brings to the works we admire. We develop our language for looking at art and hone our skills of direct analysis, with no assumption that you’ve joined our previous classes. Collections include the National Gallery (London), Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Barcelona), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Casa-Museo Boschi di Stefano (Milan) and Heide, Victoria.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.



Before our classes begin, you’ll receive a link to an online folder with a pre-recorded 1-hour lecture introducing the history of the collection we’re exploring that week; images for discussion in class; and short background readings (all available online). When we meet online on Zoom, we’ll have 1.5-hour guided discussion of the selected images. This basic outline will be repeated for each of the course’s eight weeks.


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

  1. Formally analyse selected artworks.
  2. Discuss the main approaches to developing art appreciation skills.
  3. Recognise the impact of collection building and curation, across various cultures, periods and artistic movements.

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