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This course explores how and why Renaissance and early modern collectors amassed their antiquities, scientific specimens, religious relics, and examples of virtuoso craftsmanship in the first era of globalisation from the sixteenth century to the Enlightenment. The course will examine the ways in which such objects were acquired, categorised, and recirculated by connoisseurs who used their encyclopedic collections to understand their rapidly changing world.

This course is being run in association with the V&A Research Institute (VARI) and will be of particular interest to AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Students. Students are eligible for a special VARI rate of £359.00, made possible through generous funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

There is limited availability for this rate. Please contact 020 7942 2000 for more information.

This 8 week course has a half term on the 12 February.

£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions 

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