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Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture


The MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture combines the study of artworks and their cultural contexts with high-level linguistic, archive and research skills for a new generation of academic art historians and museum curators.

Students on this MA have unrivalled access to the best resources and expertise for academic study in London, including the National Gallery.

The programme is offered by the Warburg Institute in collaboration with the National Gallery, London. The art historical and scholarly traditions of the Warburg Institute are linked to the practical experience and skills of the National Gallery to provide an academic programme which will equip students either as academic art historians with serious insight into the behind the scenes working of a great museum or as curators with the research skills necessary for high-level museum work.

The programme provides an introduction to:

  • Museum knowledge, which covers aspects of curatorship including the technical examination of paintings, connoisseurship, materials and conservation, attribution, provenance and issues relating to display.
  • Art history and Renaissance culture to increase students’ understanding of methods of analysing the subjects of works of art and their knowledge of Renaissance art works and the conditions in which they were commissioned, produced and enjoyed.
  • Current scholarship and professional practice in these areas as well as new and emerging areas of research and scholarship.

Visit the School of Advanced Study website to find out more about the degree overview and structure, teaching and assessments, entry requirements, available funding opportunities and more information on applying.

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