From the Oxford English Dictionary to the categorisation of biological species, the organisation of knowledge was a great Victorian project. The Victorian Era was also an age of great technical innovation with steam engines powering great machines and feats of engineering creating a national railway network. How did these ventures affect the arts? This weekend course will examine the ways that High Victorian art and architecture were changed by the growing importance of science and technology.
Subjects covered will range from the architecture of museums and laboratories to the design of churches to the practice of sculpture and painting. How was design impacted by a growing interest in archaeology or in colour theory? How did new techniques of mechanical reproduction, cast iron framing, or steam power affect architecture? Topics will be introduced with lectures, then followed with guided visits to study the art and architecture first hand.