Explore the links between art and literature, from the Mona Lisa to The Lady of Shalott. Discover the stories behind famous paintings; meet Holbein’s Ambassadors; and find out why Auden felt the old masters were “never wrong.” More details …

Read and discuss two novels – What Maisie Knew by Henry James and Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson – about growing up in a dysfunctional family. From the 1890s to the 1990s, what’s really changed?

This course will study a range of novels by the three Brontë sisters, who wrote some of the most popular novels to emerge in the 19th century and which have had an enduring appeal to the present day.

Original instruments make their way into “modern” music. The influence of the past on the present is seen in Stravinsky, Schoenberg and composers such as Pärt and Tavener, leading to synthesis and the way forward in the 21st century.