Catherine McCormack

About this Course

This course take place in London’s major collections and museums and covers the history of art from Ancient Mesopotamia to the contemporary moment. In small groups of up to three people Catherine will lead you through the history of art; demystifying the names of movements, explaining the social and cultural landscape and politics of each period and how this is reflected in the art of each age. Catherine’s unique and accessible approach considers not only the stylistic appreciation of different periods of art but really gets under the surface of the context of each work’s production, weaving in parallels with literature, philosophy, science and the history of ideas.


The course can be booked as a block of six sessions each lasting two hours, or participants can pick and choose individual sessions thus building their own course according to particular interest.

Cost per session £275
Cost for all six £1550


Catherine also offers bespoke one to one visits to major collections and current exhibitions in London as well as to smaller places of interest off the beaten track. These include the British Museum, National Gallery, Apsley House, Leighton House, John Soane Museum, The Foundling Hospital, Wallace Collection, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Kenwood House.

Two hour visit for up to four people is £275


About the Instructor

Catherine McCormack is an academic, writer and lecturer and sometime broadcaster. She has over ten years experience as a lecturer in art. She is a graduate of and former Teaching Fellow at UCL and has won prizes from the University of York, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the European Institute at UCL. She is currently preparing a chapter on Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin for publication in a book to be published by Brill in 2017. Her work has been published by The Independent, the Architectural Review, and she regularly writes exhibition catalogue essays on contemporary artists, including the recent publication of her essay on contemporary British artist Mitch Griffiths for the State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg and Halcyon Gallery London. Catherine lectures widely across London, for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Art History UK and for private members’ clubs Home House and Black’s Club Soho.


More About the Course

The course covering the history of art in London collections can be booked as a combination of stand-alone sessions or the whole six sessions.

Session 1- Location: British Museum
Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome

Session 2- Location: National Gallery, London
Early Renaissance to High Renaissance painting. Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian.

Session 3- Location: National Gallery
The 17th Century. Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, Dutch Golden Age

Session 4- Location Wallace Collection
Rococo Whimsy and the History of Taste. Boucher, Fragonard, Watteau, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Lawrence plus an overview of the changing tastes in the collection of the 4th Marquess of Hertford.

Session 5- Location: Tate Britain
The 19th and 20th centuries in Britain. Turner, Millais, Rossetti, Waterhouse, Madox Ford, Moore, Hepworth, Bacon.

Session 6-Location: Tate Modern
European and Global Avant Garde 1900-2016. Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Bourgeois, Rothko, Duchamp, Abramovich, Sherman, Tillmans, feminist art, installation and conceptual art.



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Private 2 hours session (up to 3 people): £275

Private 6 x 2 hours sessions (up to 3 people): £1550

Private 2 hours visit to a major Exhibition or Collection (up to 4 people):  £275


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