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An Explosion of Beauty: The Art, Architecture, and Collections of British Country Houses, Part I

November 8, 15, 22, 2022
Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. ET
Curt DiCamillo
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For centuries, the country house held a unique position in English life. Before World War I, the families in these power houses ruled Britain. Not only were their houses the center of productive agricultural estates, their breathtaking interiors were the repositories of jaw-dropping collections of art.

In this online course, Curator of Special Collections and celebrated architectural historian Curt DiCamillo, FRSA will guide you through these stately homes, their interiors, and their world-class art collections. This seminar will cover Medieval, Jacobean, Restoration, and Baroque style, examining how each influenced design and culture.

This course includes three 90-minutes classes and extended Q&A with the instructor, access to the slides, and a bibliography. You do not need to attend the live sessions to participate in the course. You will have access to all of these materials until the end of February 2023.

November 8

Class 1
Medieval Era (12th Century - 16th Century)


November 15

Class 2
Jacobean Era (1603-1625)
Restoration Era (1660-1685)


November 22

Class 3
Baroque Era (1685-1725)

Curt DiCamillo
Decorative Arts
Historic Houses
Curt DiCamillo, who joined American Ancestors/NEHGS in February of 2016 as the organization’s first Curator of Special Collections, is an internationally recognized authority on British historic houses and the decorative arts.