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    The production wing of a Viennese art movement; monkey typing; and what happens when you play Lennon in a coffee shop...

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    The production wing of a Viennese art movement; monkey typing; and what happens when you play Lennon in a coffee shop? Learning and research across the...
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    Supercomputing never went away - it just got more and more super; and 100 years of Dada. Then more free learning...

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    Supercomputing never went away - it just got more and more super; and 100 years of Dada. Then more free learning across the day.
  • Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern

    Have you ever wondered about the visual remains of past centuries that still survive in our cities and countryside...

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  • Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern

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    Have you ever wondered about the visual remains of past centuries that still survive in our cities and countryside today? Are you baffled by modern art? This...
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    The dog who uncovered an amazing cave, and a very short introduction to Boolean logic. Then more free learning...

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    Over the rainbow: Colour in culture and everyday life

    Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours...

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    Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours exploring colours and what they mean....
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    The Problem with Pink

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    What connotations does the colour pink have? Can art history tell us anything about its links to femininity? Dr Emma...

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    What connotations does the colour pink have? Can art history tell us anything about its links to femininity? Dr Emma Barker explores...
  • Colour in Byzantine Art

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    What purpose do different colours serve in religious paintings? Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou explores...

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  • Colour in Byzantine Art

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    What purpose do different colours serve in religious paintings? Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou explores...
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  • Dutch painting of the Golden Age

    Seventeenth-century Dutch painting stands out from other art of the same period and even more so from that of previous centuries on account of its...

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    Seventeenth-century Dutch painting stands out from other art of the same period...
  • Wilberforce

    William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain. This free course explores...

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    William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the...
  • Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

    Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the figure of the artist? This free course, Artists and...

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    Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we...
  • The Enlightenment

    The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of...

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    The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and...
  • Robert Owen and New Lanark

    Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are...
  • Napoleonic paintings

    In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic imagery by David, Gros and a number of other artists, beginning...

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    In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic...
  • Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems

    This free course, Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems, looks at the short poems in German that were set to music by Franz Schubert ...

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    This free course, Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems, looks at the...
  • David Hume

    This free course, David Hume, examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of...

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  • David Hume

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    This free course, David Hume, examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the...
  • Goya

    What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's career? This free course will guide you through the works of Goya...

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  • Goya

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    Goya Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
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    What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's...
  • French Revolution

    This free course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural...

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    This free course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It...

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