• Robert Mapplethorpe, 'Andy Warhol' 1986
    Robert Mapplethorpe
    Andy Warhol 1986
    Black and white silver gelatin print on paper
    support: 476 x 471 mm
    frame: 784 x 816 x 30 mm
    Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008All Mapplethorpe works © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

Why did Andy Warhol become one of the world’s most famous and influential artists?

A new online course allows you to explore Warhol’s creative innovations, thematic concerns and relationship to major artistic movements of the 20th century.

Covering subjects such as sex, celebrity and money, the five-week course is free and results in a certificate signed by the instructor.

This course has been developed as part of the ARTIST ROOMS research partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Tate, and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Known as a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC, these kind of courses are offered by many American universities. They are open to all and encourage large-scale interactive participation. This is the first art MOOC dedicated to a single artist and the first such course to be developed in a gallery/university partnership in the UK.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.coursera.org/course/warhol