The samples featured here mostly come from OpenLearn and iTunes U. They are taken from various points in the courses - some are relatively simple introductions but others are more complex extracts from the later weeks. You can view module books and study guides at many public libraries and at some Open University centres. You can also find a wealth of open access Art History and Visual Cultures resources on Open Arts Archive. Finally, once you have registered to study with us, please do take advantage of a wealth of information, ongoing support from academics in art history, and an opportunity to connect with fellow art history students on the art history ‘Study Home’ page.
There are also three albums of audio visual content related to each of the three books:
Art history: early modern starts with an introduction to studying art history by Dr Steve Edwards. It includes a collection overview (audio) and short videos on stained glass; Islamic religious art (c. 1450-1600); unravelling an icon, which looks at St. George and the boy from Mytiline in the British Museum; an examination of a 16th-century statuette; one woman's vision - a case study of Margaret of Austria's patronage; and a module taster.
Art history: 17th to 19th centuries includes a collection overview, and videos on Rembrandt's Woman bathing in a stream; Christ Church, Spitalfields; Kedleston Hall; sculpture at Chatsworth; Polynesian art; and a short talk on garden design.
Art history: modern and contemporary includes a collection overview; short videos on Jacob Epstein's Rock Drill; a photograph by the West African photographer Malick Sidebé; Doris Salcedo's installation Shibboleth in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall; as well as audio files on the move to abstraction and two pieces on abstract expressionism in New York.
The free OpenLearn course, Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael, opens up the relationship between biography and art history, taking Raphael as a case study. This is an adapted extract from the Open University postgraduate course, A843 MA Art History Part 1.