The Courtauld is home to one of the world’s great art collections, located in the magnificent historical setting of Somerset House in central London.
Following a major renovation, visitors are now able to see masterpieces from The Courtauld’s collection ranging from the medieval period to the present day, redisplayed and reinterpreted across elegantly refurbished galleries that reveal the quality and range of the collection like never before. Works include paintings, drawings, prints sculpture and decorative arts.
The Courtauld’s renowned collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces includes Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882), Van Gogh’s Self- Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889), and the most significant collection of works by Cézanne in the UK, all presented in the spectacular, newly-restored LVMH Great Room, London’s oldest purpose-built exhibition space.
The Blavatnik Fine Rooms, spanning the second floor, provide the stunning setting for a series of new displays of works from the Renaissance to the 18th century. Highlights include Botticelli’s large-scale The Trinity with Saints, unveiled after a three-year conservation project, and The Courtauld’s celebrated collection of works by Peter Paul Rubens.
A new gallery has been created on the first floor to present The Courtauld’s important collection of paintings and decorative arts from the Medieval and Early Renaissance periods, including fine examples of Islamic metalwork, alongside works from Italy and Northern Europe. In addition, The Courtauld’s significant collection of works by the Bloomsbury Group have been given a dedicated space in the gallery, showcasing the group’s radical designs for furniture, ceramics and textiles alongside paintings and drawings by important Bloomsbury artists, including Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
Two brand new galleries on the top floor provide a beautiful new home for The Courtauld’s acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions, sharing new insights into the work of significant artists past and present.
The gallery’s activities offer something for everyone, whatever their level of knowledge. They draw on The Courtauld’s position as a leading international centre for teaching and research in art history, conservation and curating. From school visits and family events, to curator-led talks and short courses exploring fascinating themes in art, The Courtauld encourages everyone to enjoy and engage with art and its histories.