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Christie’s Education launches new online courses

Christie’s Education launches new online courses

British fine arts auction house Christie’s was founded in 1766 and its founder, James Christie, was an intimate friend of the painters Gainsborough and Reynolds and the playwright Garrick. Fast forward to 2015 and it is one of the world’s leading auction houses with sales totalling $7.4 billion. Notable auctions have included Elton John’s car collection, a $22 million Qing Dynasty porcelain bowl, a $3.5 million Stradivarius violin, an $80 million Monet painting, the Oppenheimer Blue diamond, and many top works by Picasso, Mondrian, Klimt and Matisse.

So Christie’s know about art. And as a company rooted firmly in the business side of the art world, they are the ideal provider of education to those seeking careers in it. For a long time they have provided continuing education for art dealers, curators and auctioneers as well as vocational Masters programmes in Art, Law & Business and Modern and Contemporary Art & the Market. Specialities are numerous but include African & Oceanic Art, Clocks, Marine Chronometers and Barometers, Islamic Art, Portrait Miniatures, Musical Instruments, Japanese Art, Old Master Drawings and Comic Strips.

This October Christie’s is launching new online courses in art history and the art market. Offered in English, Arabic and Mandarin, they aim to serve the global art market by ‘bringing people closer to the art world, irrespective of geography and time’. The first course on offer is in the three above languages, five weeks long and is called Inside the Global Art World, which for a considerable fee imparts Christie’s expertise and insider knowledge online. Students will learn about the various types of collectors operating in the art market and get to know the types of other players: artists, private dealers, galleries, auction houses, art fairs, biennials and museums. They aim to expand the offering over the coming months.

"We are pleased to launch our new online course to a global audience," said Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie's. "As the appreciation and appetite for art has grown around the world, there has been increasing interest and demand for understanding the industry and cultural context for collecting. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Christie's Education is an important part of our operations and this new, digital course will complement our existing, international programs. It is significant we are launching this during our events in Shanghai and recognizes [sic] that education is a vibrant part of our programs in the region."

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