Bluecoat: dot-art: Essential Art History

Bluecoat: dot-art: Essential Art History
Bluecoat: dot-art: Essential Art History

Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 19/05/2019
Times: 11:30 - 17:00

Delve into the world of art history with art historian Sara Riccardi.

***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 0176660***

Sundays 11:30am – 5pm starting 19th May 2019 (£125 for 3 day sessions)


Suitable for art lovers and appreciators wishing to learn and explore the essential chronology of art history.


Session 1: Middle Ages & Renaissance

Although long considered as ‘dark centuries’, the Middle Ages were actually a time of lively artistic production. We will familiarise with the arts of this long period, that culminated in one of the most impactful visual revolutions, and consider the social and cultural context they expressed. In the second part of the day, we will carry on into the 1400 and 1500, when a profound cultural renovation transformed the arts. Which were the elements of this renovation? What did it mean to Renaissance men to feel like ‘dwarfs on the shoulders of giants’? How were similar issues explored in different countries?

Session 2: From 1600 to 1800 – from Baroque to Romanticism

The 17th century was a time of exciting artistic diversification and ever-growing international connections all around Europe. The day will be an exploration and reflection on the different artistic styles, so diverse and yet so intertwined, that emerged and developed from this period onwards, considering the increased impact of the arts on the transforming societies of the 18th and 19th century, and vice versa. The main periods and movements covered in this session include: Baroque, Dutch painting Golden Age, British painting, Rococo, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism.

Session 3: Impressionism and the 20th century

The day will start with a close observation of the artworks produced by Impressionist artists, in their context, and of their relation to other artworks from the same period, to discover the first signs of the radical revolution that was about to take place at the turn of the 1900. The second part of the day will fully explore the deep novelties of the 20th century, discussing, analysing, and questioning the transformation of the very idea of art, and the objects that were created as a consequence of this transformation, from the Avant-gardes of the beginning of the century to the last decades.

Tutor: Sara Riccardi

Sara Riccardi gained her Art History BA and MA at the University of Rome, specialising in 1400 and 1500 painting. In the last two years she has set up her own company and has been working as a freelancer, creating and delivering a variety of courses, lectures, workshops and interactive events in and around Greater Manchester, including at The Portico Library and the Whitworth. Her events are designed to be accessible, informative and highly enjoyable.


Spring Programme: Sunday’s from 19th May, 11:30am – 5pm

19th, 26th May

2nd June


Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Situated in the centre of Liverpool, just behind Church Street, down Church Alley and in front of Liverpool ONE. You can enter the building via the front courtyard off School Lane (behind Primark), or through the garden at the back off College Lane. Nearest train station – Liverpool Central.


£125 for the 3 day course (full course must be booked in advance)

It is possible to split this cost into two payments, please call 0345 017 6660 for more details.


You may wish to take a pen and notepad if you wish to take notes.


  • There are a maximum of 15 places available on the course, so early booking is essential.
  • To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660.