Splendour of Paris

In this Splendour of Paris course, you will visit Paris from the comfort of your armchair, in five lessons: one of Europe's cultural highlights. Yvonne Hilgenkamp takes you through almost twenty centuries of art, culture and architecture of Paris. We start with the Roman origins of Paris; followed by a first great heyday in the Middle Ages, including Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle. Through the Renaissance, we move to the Baroque with the Louvre and Versailles. Then we step into the nineteenth century; with the construction of the grand boulevards and showpiece buildings like the Arc de Triomphe and the Opéra; moreover, we see the rise of train stations, market halls and the famous Paris galleries and department stores. Paris is then also the centre of the artistic avant-garde; we look at the studios of artists like Delacroix, Rodin and Picasso. This is also the era of the World's Fairs, which bequeathed the city the Eiffel Tower, the Petit and Grand Palais, and the Paris Métro. In the 20th century, we see the modern houses of Le Corbusier and contemporaries such as Mallet-Stevens and Charreau; from the 1970s, the Grands Travaux of Mitterand with e.g. the Grande Arche de la Défense and Pei's Pyramid at the Louvre. In contemporary times, we look at e.g. the spectacular Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry and La Bourse by Tadao Ando. By the end, you will know this city, its highlights as well as its hidden gems, inside and out.


How does that work online?

You follow this lecture online from your own computer or tablet. All you need is a good internet connection and sound. Lecturer and images will automatically appear on your screen. If you cannot attend 'live', you can watch the replay of the lesson another time. look back. Registration is therefore still possible until after lesson 2 of the course.


Free trial lesson

Want to know if this course and taking it online is for you? You can take lesson 1 of this course as a free trial lesson without any obligations. You can register for this free trial lesson directly via this link.

Course details

5x Tuesday evenings, start 5 November
05/11/202419:30-21:30 pm
12/11/202419:30-21:30 pm
19/11/202419:30-21:30 pm
26/11/202419:30-21:30 pm
03/12/202419:30-21:30 pm
Registration closes 24 November

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Lecturer of this course

Yvonne Hilgenkamp

Yvonne Hilgenkamp is an art historian as well as an architectural historian, and has many years of experience in presenting the rich history of Western architecture, urban planning and art. She clearly makes art history accessible to a diverse audience. Her interests are broad and range from the Romans to Rembrandt, from De Pijp to Paris and from Art Déco to Dubai's skyscrapers. About all these subjects she likes to talk and enthusiastically!