Courses and Lectures

Upcoming Course, Lectures and Tours

Autumn 2022

In-Person and Live online:

Victorian Art and Culture

Sir Edwin Landseer (British, 1802-73), Windsor Castle in modern times; Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Victoria, Princess Royal,1841-43,Oil on canvas, 113.4 x 144.3 cm, Royal Collection UK, RCIN 406903.


The United Kingdom under the reign of Queen Victorian (r.1837-1901) saw an unprecedented amount of change in society and this can be explored through the wonderful variety of art produced. In fact, art as we know it changed in many ways as it became part of a popular culture influenced by the masses and not the elite. The invention of photography had a significant impact on the perception of the world and increased the access to images for a great part of society than ever before. Furthermore, art as advertisement emerges leading to a complicating of the function, appreciation and value of art and a perceived distinction between low and high forms of art. 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 like freak shows, traveling panoramas and the Great Exhibition. We will look at the understanding of race and gender, the public and private lives of people from all classes, those who made millions and those who died of starvation due to poverty and famine while Britain became the first industrial empire. Artists covered include Turner, Constable, Landseer, Millais, Rossetti and the spirit paintings of Georgiana Houghton. The last class will be a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland to discuss its founding and the Victorian art in the collection.

Victorian Art and Culture Part Two will begin in January 2023

Dates: 10 Wednesdays from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm

(2 hrs including a 15 min break)

Sep, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, (no class 26), Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class 30), Dec 7, 14*

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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Location: Online via Zoom



UCD Access and Lifelong Learning: The Grand Tour

Canaletto (1697-1768),The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day, c. 1730, oil on canvas, 182 x 259 cm, Aldo Crespi Collection, Milan.


The Grand Tour through France and Italy became a popular journey made by
classically educated male members of the northern European ruling class to
complete their education. This course will trace the origins of the practice and its
development with a particular emphasis on the artistic experience of the traveler,
the historical and social context, and the specific goals of the travels including
learning languages, manners, and forming a deeper understanding of the politics of
other countries.

Date: 8 Tuesdays 2 pm to 4 pm

(2 hrs including a 15 min break)

Sept 27, Oct 04, 11, 18, 25, Nov 01, 08, 15

Location: Mounttown
Community Facility

Fee: €185 per person for 8 weeks


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