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Located in Somerset House, a large Neoclassical building, the gallery is in the heart of The Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of art history and conservation. Indeed, the Courtauld hosts an amazing collection of European Art, formed largely through donations and bequests. It includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works from medieval to modern times. In total, the collection contains some 530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings and prints.
The Courtauld Institute was founded in 1932 through the philanthropic efforts of the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld, the diplomat and collector Lord Lee of Fareham, and the art historian Sir Robert Witt. The collection is perhaps best known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Monet, Manet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas and Cézanne.
The Gallery houses also a splendid array of gothic and medieval paintings as well as Renaissance masterpieces by artists such as Cranach and Brueghel. Baroque highlights include an extensive display of iconic paintings by Rubens. The displays extend into the 20th century with works by Modigliani, Matisse, Kandinsky and the Bloomsbury group, alongside masterpieces of German Expressionism and modern British art.
Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg. His high-quality woodcuts ... read more
Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France. Primarily a figurative artist, he became known for ... read more
Andrea Mantegna was an Italian painter, a student of Roman archeology, and son in law of Jacopo Bellini. Like other artists of the time, ... read more
Antoine Bourdelle was an influential and prolific French sculptor, painter, and teacher. His studio in Paris, became the Musée Bourdelle ... read more
Auguste Renoir was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, ... read more
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was a Spanish Baroque painter. Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a ... read more
Canaletto was an Italian painter of landscapes, or vedute, of Venice. He was also an important printmaker in etching.
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Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject ... read more
Édouard Manet was a French painter. One of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern and postmodern-life subjects, he was a ... read more
Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the ... read more
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, ... read more
Fra Angelico was an Early Italian Renaissance painter. He was known to contemporaries as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole and Fra Giovanni ... read more
Francisco Goya was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. ... read more
Georges-Pierre Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for ... read more
Henri Matisse was a French artist commonly regarded as one of the artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the ... read more
Jacob Jordaens was one of three Flemish Baroque painters, along with Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, to bring prestige to the ... read more
Paul Cézanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century ... read more
Paul Gauguin was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist. Gauguin was later recognized for his experimental use of colors and ... read more
Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Baroque painter. He is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, ... read more
Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine school under the patronage of Lorenzo ... read more
Thomas Gainsborough was an English portrait and landscape painter. He was the youngest son of John Gainsborough, a weaver and, in 1740, ... read more
Tintoretto was an Italian painter and a notable exponent of the Renaissance school. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed ... read more
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had ... read more
Wassily Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. ... read more