A short introduction to Art History
A short introduction to Art History

A short introduction to Art History

If you’d like to find out more about Art History then The Bowes Museum is running an introductory course which may interest you.


Our Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, will be holding six sessions exploring the history, meaning and significance of different art works and the techniques and theories that have influenced artists from Medieval times to today.


The sessions are:


27 March: Coming into the light;

Find out in this first session how artists began to question the way they portrayed society and reality in an introduction called “What happened at the End of the Middle Ages?”


10 April: The Renaissance men;

In this session we’ll look at how some of the great masters, including Leonardo, Botticelli and Michelangelo, created masterpieces of exquisite beauty.


24 April: A Golden Age;  

In this session we’ll travel back through time to the Netherlands in the 17th Century exploring works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals to find out why the Dutch were world leaders in science, military, trade and of course art.


9 May: Freedom and amusement;

Here we’ll explore the elegance, extravagance, refinement and adornment during the reign of Louis XV that artists including Fragonard, Boucher and Watteau made famous.


23 May: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Spirit of Romanticism;

In this session we’ll examine the competing cultures of Neoclassicism, Enlightenment and Romanticism and how these 18th Century movements changed the history of art.


6 June: “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it” – Modern and Post Modern Art;

In this final session we’ll focus on contemporary art and the dynamic combination of materials, methods, subjects and theories artists use today to push boundaries in media and meaning.


The whole course costs £50 for all six sessions but individual ones can be paid for separately at £10 each.  They will take place between 2.15 and 4.15pm. Booking is necessary through our website www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk



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The Bowes Museum is closed!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Caf� Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.