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Art, Loot and Empire: The Benin Bronzes video icon

History & The Arts 

Art, Loot and Empire: The Benin Bronzes

How did the West African artworks known as the Benin Bronzes end up in European museums? And why does it matter? 

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30 mins
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History & The Arts 

The Seasons in Art

How have the seasons been represented in art over the centuries? These films explore this question by analysing paintings by famous artists from Bruegel to Van Gogh as well as some less well-known works.

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15 mins
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Can you be the curator? activity icon

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Can you be the curator?

Put yourself in the shoes of a specialist charged with the V&A's collections. Can you place a range of objects into the correct place in the museum? Try this interactive.

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What do you see? How images can change what you think

Are images we see every day always what they seem? Look beyond your first glance and discover how images can persuade you to think a certain way.

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Maintaining social order with gruesome images of Hell

Angeliki Lymberopoulou, a Lecturer in Art History at The Open University, explains the meaning of a fresco in the church of Kitiros in Crete. 

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5 mins
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Approaching poetry

Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary texts. You will learn about rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, poetic inversion, voice and line lengths and endings. You will examine poems that do not rhyme and learn how to compare and contrast poetry.

Free course
20 hrs
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CCA Exhibition: History of architecture and design

Professor Elizabeth McKellar leads an exhibition on The Open University's teachings of Design History, beginning November 14th, 2017. 

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History & The Arts 

Travelling Objects

Journey around the world in our interactive to discover how 'objects' aren't just merely beautiful art works but can also reveal fascinating histories and global connections.

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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 apparently ‘everyday’ character. Works by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Jacob van Ruisdael seem to offer a faithful picture of life in the Netherlands at the time. In studying this free course, Dutch painting of the Golden Age, you will discover that there is much more to Dutch painting than meets the eye. You will explore scholarly debates about the possible meanings that might be attributed to this type of picture and learn how the very idea of ‘realism’ in art has been challenged in recent times.

Free course
4 hrs
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History & The Arts 

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 today? Are you baffled by modern art? This collection provides you with insights into different aspects of art and visual culture between the Middle Ages and the present day. You will discover the wonders of medieval stained glass and learn how East meets West in a Byzantine icon. You will be introduced to the splendours of Baroque architecture and be taken on a tour of a spectacular display of Neo-classical sculpture in an English country house. And you will find out about a key movement in modern art, Abstract Expressionism, and take a look at some iconic works in Tate Modern. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

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1 hr 30 mins
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The Problem with Pink

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

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Education & Development 

Arts & Humanities Green Pathway

Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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