A landscape with classical ruins. i Francesco Battaglioli, Landscape with Classical Ruins, eighteenth century, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

51ݶing the Past – The Courtauld Study Tours Online

Our online tours replace the experience of being abroad with an unhurried immersion in the wider cultures of significant destinations. They explore what is no longer visitable: once-famous buildings, squares and gardens that have been demolished or are inaccessible to the public, and even more importantly, the vanished cultures of the past. Our tours consider urban spaces, buildings, gardens and works of art within the context of their contemporary court cultures and artistic milieux, literature, poetry and music.

Four pre-recorded lectures and ample contextual reading and other materials are provided 2 weeks in advance of the live Zoom week-end seminars and discussions, so that students have time to engage fully with the subject. Week-end seminars take place on Saturdays and Sundays, at 14:00 and depending on student numbers also at 16:00 [London time].

In the Footsteps of Renaissance 51ݶors: Four Walks in Rome

Dr Barbara Furlotti and Dr Guido Rebecchini

Zoom seminars on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2023

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A tour illuminating the architectural and artistic treasures of the eternal city through the eyes of Renaissance visitors. We shall move along the Via Papalis, as part of a papal procession, admire the breathtaking urban transformations wrought by Pope Julius II, join Renaissance artists in studying Rome51ݶ famed antiquities, and adopt the garb of devout pilgrims on a tour of the Seven Churches and their spectacular treasures of art.

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A well-dressed man gestures with his hand towards a landscape filled with Roman antiquities. i Francesco Villamena, Portrait of Ioannes Altus (Johann Alten), of the Swiss Guard, standing by the Quirinal and pointing out the antiquities of Rome, 1623, etching, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Image: metmuseum.org

'The Second Rome':
Byzantine Constantinople

Dr Jessica Varsallona

Zoom seminars on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2023

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Our lecturer leads us through the vibrant streets of modern-day Istanbul in search of the glories of Byzantine Constantinople. From 330 to 1453 the city was the capital of the mighty Byzantine Empire and we shall explore its artistic developments from the Great Palace to the Hagia Sophia, and to the northwestern quarters along the shore of the Golden Horn with its astonishing dynastic monasteries and palaces founded in the middle and late Byzantine periods.

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A bird's eye map of a medieval city surrounded by the Bosphorous. i Cristoforo Buondelmonti, ‘Map of Constantinople’, in Liber Insularum Archipelago, 1422, fol. 37r. BnF, Paris. Image: Wikimedia Commons