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Issue 1

(December 2012)


Goddess of the Hearth

The lack of classical art history at The Courtauld is surprising to say the least. Besides the few classical lectures during Foundations, there is not one Topic Course, Constellation, or master’s programme available to study ancient Greece and Rome. This is odd as classical art has undoubtedly found a way to affect, influence, and sneak into every twist and turn of Western art since the fall of the Roman Empire. However, even I start to get sick of art history’s cyclical obsessions with classical forms. Considering this in the first few weeks of our move to Vernon Square, and in the absence of the accustomed neoclassicism of Somerset House, my mind goes to that nineteenth century drawing by


We are now accepting submissions for the next printed issue of the Courtauldian! This issue will again be loosely centred on a theme. With Brexit fast approaching, the Editorial Team have selected the theme of ISLANDS for this, our 20th issue of the Courtauldian. The theme is open to interpretation in whichever way you want to take it. Perhaps you could explore ideas of isolation or community; perhaps you are interested in writing about a particular island; maybe you are interested in the geology of islands! You might think of Vernon Square as a new island of the Courtauld community, in a new space. We welcome creative and innovative takes on the theme! With this in mind, we invite students

Seen on Screen: Somerset House

Goodbye Somerset House, hello Vernon Square! As our former home becomes a distant memory I thought I’d reflect on how this Neoclassical building has been used by media. It was always a delight for me to glimpse our university, even for a second, on screen and proudly say ‘That’s my uni!’ Every Courtauld student knows that the variety of events in Somerset House never fails to surprise and amuse - 2018’s highlights include Michael Pinsky’s geodesic pods displaying pollutions of different countries (because we needed to experience more pollution) and a reflective halo which we all hoped would one day arrive. Here are some examples of how Somerset House has been seen on screen. Romance: For any

Dyson Sucks & a Power Vacuum in Venezuela

Illustration by Rhiannon Powell Every week I look over the headlines, read the comment pieces, and follow the analysis to bring you a summary of the most important stories of the week. Although often a depressing task (especially in the current climate) it is not often that a story will really make me angry. This week, however, is an exception. Cast your mind back to the horror that was the 2016 EU referendum campaign, amid the cries of remain from business leaders, one British manufacturing icon stood out. Sir James Dyson, the founder and sole owner of the Dyson vacuum cleaner brand advocated strongly for Brexit. He argued that by standing alone in the world, British industry could compete

Leather Bikini: An Eames Revolution

Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover c.1950, Ray and Charles Eames and production by Herman Miller (photo: A few weeks ago, I was faced with the challenge of preparing a presentation on the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. Since then, the couple have moved permanently into the dusty attic room I call my brain. Up until now, I had been trying, and failing, to keep my personal interest in chairs separate from things I learn at university in hope of retaining some of that pure curiosity before I learn facts about objects and their designers. I take great enjoyment in not knowing thing

Cosmically Curated: January Art 'Scopes

A New Year, a New You? For some of us, the pressure to transform in January is unappealing or overwhelming. Astrologically speaking, we may not have a choice. Two eclipses happening this month will see most signs unsettled and making huge shifts, but the passing dark will yield to light. Open yourself to potential changes, including those that you haven’t laid out in resolutions. Below is an art scope to help you cope. Aries Your superiors at work and home may encounter personal drama and crises. To dodge any stress that might be taken out on you, see through their eyes and meet them with compassion. The Cane​, a drama playing at The Royal Court Theatre on 26 January, tells the story of a sc

Through the Looking Glass – Brexit Madness

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,” says the White Queen in Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass, but they might as well have been the words of Prime Minister May on Tuesday morning as she prepared to bring the Brexit deal she negotiated with the EU before Parliament. Originally scheduled for mid-December the vote was postponed when it became apparent that the PM would lose - if anything, feelings towards her deal have only soured further since then. So, by the time Tuesday came around it was clear this deal was dead, but regardless the PM ploughed senselessly on in the deluded belief that she could pass it. Illustration by Rhiannon Po

The Favourite: Duck Racing, Voguing and Sapphism in the Court of Queen Anne.

It’s a Tuesday night at a cinema in Peckham, we’re sat in Screen 4. The atmosphere feels giddy with anticipation for what we’re about to see. Someone I’m with ponders out loud ‘I wonder if I’ve matched with anyone here on Tinder?’ The answer? Probably. ‘Lesbians assemble!’ cries out another as the five of us take our seats. It’s really like something out of The L Word. The point is, there’s an overtly Sapphic aura in this theatre tonight… and we’ve brought wine. The Favourite, Film Poster, 2018 (Image: IMDb) Obviously, we’re here to see The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos’ hotly anticipated salacious tragicomedy set in the eighteenth century. It also happens to be the perfect remedy to the coll

Donald The Builder - Can He Build It?

Welcome to 2019, and what is sure to be another 12-month bonanza of chaos and misery played out here in the UK and across the international stage. 2019 is the year of the pig in the Chinese Zodiac and so to honour this we go first to President Trump. Over the festive season, The President has been Home Alone in the White House as the US falls apart around him. Since the Democrat-controlled Congress refused to include funding for his infamous Mexican border wall in its budget, Trump has refused to sign it into law, thus putting the whole Federal Government into what is known as Shutdown. This does not simply mean that the politicians of Washington get an extended Christmas holiday, it affects

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