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Diploma in the History of European Painting

This course of approximately forty lectures provides an historical survey of European painting from the classical period to the twentieth century. It covers major periods of art such as the Italian Renaissance and French Impressionism and highlights the contributions of seminal individual artists, for example Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Cézanne. The course also provides an introduction to the critical analysis of paintings and considers such matters as the patronage, iconography and techniques of works of art.

In addition to the lectures, students attend one seminar each week, some of which may be held in cultural institutions in Dublin. During their course of study students are required to submit two essays, one each term. Registered students have full access to the Library of Trinity College Dublin. Students are entitled to sit an examination held annually in April/May, which leads to the award of the Diploma. The most successful student is granted a travel scholarship.

How to Apply

Applications may be made online via the course website see


For information on fees see

Date, Time and Place

Michaelmas teaching term commences on Monday 26th September 2015.

Lectures are held on Mondays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., in the Emmet Theatre, Room 2037, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Seminar times to be arranged.

Date, Time and Place

Contact: The Executive Officer, Department of History of Art and Architecture, room 5082, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. T: 01 896 1995, E: arthist@tcd.ieor

Course coordinator is Dr Angela Griffith,