Courses and Lectures

Upcoming Course, Lectures and Tours

Spring 2023

In-Person and Live online:

Late Victorian Art and Culture


The latter part of the reign of Queen Victorian (r.1837-1901) was a time of both exciting and controversial changes in the United Kingdom within the art world and society more generally. The growth of ‘new money’ middle classes as a result of the Industrial Revolution had an impact on all areas of life. Some saw it in a positive light and praised the developments in industry and science. Others lamented the loss of simpler times and despised the cutthroat capitalism and competition they witnessed all around them. This is the of consumerism with artists employed in designing advertisements and objects for mass production, but it is also the time of the Arts and Crafts Movement, a renewed appreciate of all things handmade. Other revolutions in art occur during the last forty years of the Victorian era including Realism and Impressionism and the start of Modernism. The decadence of the organic inspired Art Noveau developed in the last years of the 19th century too. During this 10-week course we will examine these shifts and place art in the context of the world that produced it from science and technological advancements to new styles of literature and poetry to crime and punishments and entertainments. We will look at the understanding of race and gender, the public and private lives of people from all classes, those who made all kinds of art and those who viewed and commissioned art in both the public and private sphere. Artists covered include Whistler, Burne-Jones Morris, Watts and Irish artists including Lavery, Purser and O’Conor. The final class will be a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland to trace these developments and art movements in person.

Dates: 10 Wednesdays from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm

(2 hrs including a 15 min break)

Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 (no class 15), Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29*

Location: Newtownpark Parish Pastoral Centre, Newtownpark Ave, Stradbrook, Blackrock, Co. Dublin & *National Gallery of Ireland.

Or Online

Fee: €200 per person for 10 weeks

Please note in-person places are limited.

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Online with Replay:

Recorded Series 1: Art treasures from the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.


The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. is considered to be the primer art collection in the USA. With more than 150,000 paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings it spans the history of Western art and includes pieces by some of the most famous artists who ever lived. This series of recorded talks will explore those who are very well known and those who perhaps should be from the Renaissance to Impressionism. We will look at a vast array of styles, eras, materials and movements in this weekly installments over a period of 10 weeks. Artists covered including Leonardo da Vinci, Whistler, Monet, Rembrandt, Manet, David and El Greco along with American artists such as Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Thomas Cole and John Singer Sargent. Truly something for everyone.


Each recording will be released weekly on Mondays at 7 pm starting January 23rd. You will have until the end of April to watch all ten 1 hour videos as many times as you like.

Location: Online with replay using Zoom

Fee: €180

Booking: Click here to book

You may join and catch-up anytime before the end of April 2023

UCD Access and Lifelong Learning:

AE-AN173 – Art and the Medici


This course will explore the relationship between art and the powerful and influential Italian family, the Medici. The family’s influence while initially economic led to their infiltration of the highest spheres of society, ruling republics, the Catholic Church and Royal houses. The Medici family’s fortune will be followed through the centuries by examining their patronage of the visual arts. Each week will provide an in-depth look at some of the central figures, starting in Florence with Cosimo the Elder in the early fifteenth century, and concluding with Marie de’ Medici who married the King of France in the seventeenth-century. Included will be Lorenzo the Magnificent, Cosimo First Duke of Tuscany as well as the Medici Popes and significant female members such as Eleonora di Toledo. There can be no doubt that the Medici were expert in the necessary social manoeuvres in European society, that they did so primarily peacefully using diplomacy and propaganda is especially fascinating. Understanding the power of art was vital to their success and understanding the Medici is vital to the History of European Art. The employed the greatest artists of their day including Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bronzino and Rubens.

Date: 8 Tuesdays 2 pm to 4 pm

(2 hrs including a 15 min break)

Jan 24, 31, Feb 07, 14, 21, 28, Mar 07, 14

Location: Mounttown
Community Facility

Fee: €185 per person for 8 weeks

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