The Courtauld Institute of Art

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading centre for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture. Its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Through its unique integration of activities, facilities and resources, The Courtauld provides an exceptional environment for research, learning and professional development.

Based at Somerset House, The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London.

The Courtauld offers a range of degree programmes –  a BA, Graduate Diploma and MA in the History of Art; a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings; an MA in Wall Painting Conservation; an MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation; an MA in Curating the Art Museum; and MPhil and PhD research degrees in all these subjects.

Courtauld faculty teach and supervise research from western antiquity to the global present.  Through its alumni, The Courtauld generates a evolving community of specialists who shape the international art world.

Facilities for students are exceptional, including outstanding libraries, the Research Forum which offers access to visiting speakers from around the world and The Courtauld Gallery‘s outstanding collection of paintings, drawings and prints, sculpture and decorative arts.

The Courtauld Gallery, open to the public daily, is famous for its iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, as well as numerous other important paintings and works of art from the Renaissance through to the 20th century.  Its research based temporary exhibitions are small in scale, and designed to offer both pleasure to the eye and stimulation for the mind .

Lunchtime gallery talks, public lectures, short courses and summer schools also  allow members of the public to share in the wealth of expertise at The Courtauld.


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Painting Chemical Compounds
Artist Arts & Humanities
Art Arts & Humanities
Paint Chemical Compounds
Medieval Period Arts & Humanities
Pigments Chemical Compounds
Chemical analysis Chemical Compounds
Imaging techniques Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1978 2018

'A molecular study of modern oil paintings: investigating the role of dicarboxylic acids in the water sensitivity of modern oil paints'

Banti, D., La Nasa, J., Lluveras Tenorio, A., Modugno, F., van der Berg, K. J., Lee, J. A., Ormsby, B. A., Burnstock, A. & Bonaduce, I. Feb 6 2018 In : RSC Advances. 11

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

'Interpreting technical evidence from spectral imaging of paintings by Édouard Manet in the Courtauld Gallery'

Amato, S. R., Burnstock, A., Cross, M., Janssens, K., Rosi, F., Cartechini, L., Fontana, R., Fovo, A. D., Paolantoni, M., Grazia, C., Romani, A., Michelin, A., Andraud, C., Tournié, A. & Dik, J. Jan 23 2018 In : X-Ray Spectrometry.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Imaging techniques
X rays

'The influence of science and technology on the conservation and technical study of paintings in the last 50 years: a personal viewpoint'

Burnstock, A. Jan 2018 The Picture so Far: 50 Years of Painting Conservation. Granville, A., Hinde, L., Plender, S., Tomlinson, H. & Wade, N. (eds.). Archetype, p. 32-58

Research output: ResearchChapter