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Experience the history of western art through the lens of New York City’s outstanding art collections. Covering antiquity to contemporary art, this course will combine lectures with a close examination of works in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Historical and aesthetic concepts introduced in lectures and readings will be grounded in discussions and visual analyses of the artworks themselves. This course will provide a framework for understanding key artists, movements, and styles in western art, as well as building skills of visual analysis.

What you will learn…
• To identify key artists, movements, and styles in western art history.
• To develop skills in visual analysis as well as the vocabulary used to describe art objects by looking closely at works in a museum context.
• To recognize both continuity and change between different periods of western art history, as well as to connect visual observations with the historical and aesthetic concepts introduced through classroom lectures and related readings.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    2-week course
    June 17–June 28, 2019
    Monday–Friday; 2:30 PM–5:00 PM

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.
  • Faculty


    Heather Cotter, Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, New York

    Click here to view all of our faculty members. Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt and Greece

    • The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity

    • Medieval Art and Architecture

    • Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

    • Renaissance Art

    • Baroque and Rococo Art

    • Neoclassical and Romantic Art

    • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

    • The Birth of Modernism

    • The New York Scene in the Late 20th Century

    • Art Trends of the 21st Century

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions you may have about summer courses in New York, including international concerns and basic course advisement.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3350 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($4300 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($3700 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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