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V&A Course - Tudor and Early Stuart Architecture and Interiors

10 January - 07 March
Organized by: V&A
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
South Kensington

Spend every Wednesday from 10 January 2018 to 7 March 2018 studying the fascinating buildings and interiors of the Tudors and early Stuarts, c. 1500–1650.



Led by an expert architectural historian, you'll explore a time of great change both socially and politically. From the Early Tudor style to the ostentatious Elizabethan taste, which in turn was replaced with the emergence of a more European classicism in the early seventeenth century, styles altered radically.




Painting was dominated by immigrant artists such as Holbein and van Dyck, while Inigo Jones, trained in Italy, designed scenery and costumes for masques as well as buildings for the Stuart court. Furniture became more elaborate and specific, using new woods imported through the East India Company, which also contributed to the import trade of expensive textiles. Even more expensive tapestries came mainly from Brussels, until under James I, an English factory was set up at Mortlake, which produced some of the finest tapestries in Europe until the Civil War brought a sharp decline to the trade in luxury goods. Lectures and gallery talks will cover royal palaces, London and country houses, paintings, tapestries, furnishings, and fine dining.


This 8 week course will have a half term on the 14 February.


£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions (concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)