Key facts

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This course introduces to students the art collection found within the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Art Gallery. The initial lecture will look at Dr Hunter himself, both as a physician and anatomist, but also a collector of art, and how his bequest to the University of Glasgow formed the Hunterian museum in 1807. Each lecture will introduce artists whose works forms part of the collection, and cover the artist’s biography and key works, as well as background and context. These lectures will include consideration of the works of Whistler and the Mackintosh House, as well as other important aspects of the collection. The final class will be a visit to the Gallery. 

Areas you'll explore include:  

  • The art held within the Hunterian Art Gallery collection. 
  • Its history and foundation as a collection, and significant works.  
  • What the collection does in both in a historical and contemporary context. 

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the art within the Hunterian collection 
  • Contextualise the collection within historical and contemporary frame works.  
  • Identify key artworks and artists held within the collection.  

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history  


This is a non-credit class, so would not contribute to any qualifications 

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures and seminars and gallery visit.  


Although the course is no-credit bearing, and so would not contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art, it is still an ideal introduction to the subject area. 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days