Who we are
The Courtauld works to advance how we see and understand the visual arts, as an internationally-renowned centre for the teaching, research of art history and a major public gallery.
The Courtauld cares for one of the greatest art collections in the UK, sharing these works with the public at The Courtauld Gallery in central London, as well as through loans and partnerships. The Gallery is most famous for its iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces – such as Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. It showcases these alongside an internationally renowned collection of works from the Renaissance through to the present day.
Founded by collectors and philanthropists in the 1930s, the organisation has been at the forefront of the study of art ever since, through advanced research and conservation practice, innovative teaching, the renowned collection and inspiring exhibitions of its gallery, and engaging and accessible activities, education and events.
The Courtauld’s exhibitions offer a chance to look closely at world-famous works; accessible and expert short courses; events bringing art history research to new audiences; digital engagement; innovative school, family and community programmes; or taking a formal qualification.
The Courtauld Gallery collection online
The Courtauld Gallery collection online offers the ability to browse through the digitised collection across categories from paintings, prints and ceramics to manuscripts, drawings, and sculpture. You can search within the collection through integrated quick and advanced search tools, as well as filter and sort results in different ways.
With this website The Courtauld joins the growing international community of organisations offering features of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) such as the ability to smoothly visualize high-resolution images in a deep-zoom experience. This is an area which we will continue to develop.
The Courtauld greatly appreciates the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the International Music and Art Foundation, for the development of its Collection Online.
Study at The Courtauld
Academically, The Courtauld faculty is the largest community of art historians and conservators in the UK, teaching and carrying out research on subjects from creativity in late Antiquity to contemporary digital artforms – with an increasingly global focus. An independent college of the University of London, The Courtauld offers a range of degree programmes from BA to PhD in the History of Art, curating and the conservation of easel and wall paintings. Its alumni are leaders and innovators in the arts, culture and business worlds, helping to shape the global agenda for the arts and creative industries.
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The collection cared for by The Courtauld Gallery is held in separate trust by the Samuel Courtauld Trust. The Trust is a company limited guarantee (No. 02413547) and registered charity (No. 802109). It is chaired by Andrew Hochhauser KC. The Samuel Courtauld Trust and the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art work closely together to deliver the charitable objectives of both entities.