Art and Its Impact: A Retrospective

Can you imagine a life without art? Art makes us happy, curious, and fulfilled. Art has played an enormous role in society throughout time. This course takes a look at key periods in art history and explores art's impact from East to West. You will examine riches from the temples of ancient Mesopotamia, explore Renaissance masterpieces, and learn about contemporary art trends.

Featuring subject matter expert

Nancy Durrant
Nancy Durrant

Arts Commissioning Editor at The Times

Nancy Durrant is the arts commissioning editor at The Times, focusing on visual art and theatre, as well as an art critic since joining the paper in 2003.

What 'purpose' does art serve to humanity?

Art is a way for humans to explore existence, essentially. And it is the same for any art form not just visual art but also theatre, literature and music.

Rachel Campbell Johnston
Rachel Campbell Johnston

Chief Art Critic at The Times

Rachel Campbell-Johnston is the chief art critic at The Times. Appointed in 2002, she has also been the paper's poetry editor, leader writer, deputy comment editor, obituary writer and deputy books editor.

What 'purpose' does art serve to humanity?

It is the record of our entire human existence, it's how we see ourselves, how we present ourselves to other people, how we record our memories so that we know about our histories.

Course Overview

  • Comprehend why studying art history offers us a better understanding what art means to the individual, and to society as a whole.
  • Observe Renaissance art as the return to a more classical style, a time that is also considered the dawn of the modern age of art.
  • Discover the eclectic style and focus of Contemporary Art, with experimentation and personal expression as hallmarks of the period.
  • Determine how Eastern art has often been the forefront of artistic development, heavily influencing and shaping the art of the West.
Course content
  • 11 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement





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