Art History

Art History

Lecturer: Dr Caroline Levisse

Event Hours(1)

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Art History

Tuesdays 10.00 – 11.30

This autumn, the series of online lectures will focus on a geographical area that may be intriguing for many of us: the North of Europe. Lately, in films and TV series, novels, and design, the Nordic touch has been quite popular.  What about visual arts? Throughout the course we will discover the history of Nordic art(s), and will consider artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. We will cover Viking objects, Norwegian stave churches, Danish and Swedish medieval church frescoes, Finish national romantic painting and the Skagen painters. We will also study the art and craft of the Sami people as well as some of the most important voices in Nordic contemporary art.

She will supplement this series with 4 monthly ‘in-house’ lectures

7 Sept. – Peter Paul Rubens (‘in-house’)

14 Sept. – Prehistoric Scandinavia and Sami “duodji”

21 Sept. – No Lecture

28 Sept. – Medieval frescoes and stave churches

5 Oct. – Jean-Honere Fragonard (‘in-house’)

12 Oct. – The first classical period and B. Thorvaldsen

19 Oct. -The Danish Golden Age

26 Oct – Half Term

2 Nov – Marc Chagall (‘in-house’)

9 Nov. – Norwegian and Finnish national romantic paintings

16 Nov. – Art in Iceland

23 Nov – The modern breakthrough 1/2: the emergence (late 19th century)

30 Nov – The modern breakthrough 2/2: the avant-garde (20th century)

7 Dec – Alberto Giacometti (‘in-house’)

14 Dec –  Scandinavian design


About the lecturer

Dr Caroline Levisse, an art historian based in London, was born in France where she studied art history before moving to Copenhagen to take up a teaching post. While there, she completed a PhD on the relationship between art and religion in contemporary Scandinavian art.  She then moved to London and started teaching art history with adult education providers. She has since developed a range of courses focusing on 19th and early 20th century Western art and has published articles in both French and English in academic journals as well as magazines and newspapers.