Art and empire

Course Dates: 16/01/17 - 20/03/17
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Islamic Empires - Ottoman, Mughal and Safavid - developed distinctive styles, as luxury goods from their royal workshops evolved from designs of preceding eras, reaching new heights. Includes gallery visits. Tutor: Alison Meek #islamicart #artsofisalm #arthistory #courses.


What is the course about?

The three great Islamic Empires of the 16th and 17th centuries built their artistic might through developing distinctive styles that had been forming since the rise of the Islamic world in the 7th century. Influences as disparate as porcelain from China, the nomadic culture of Genghis Kahn and the poetry of ancient Persia were all grist to the mill of the royal workshops as the dynasties rose to power, creating and collecting luxury goods made of the finest materials with superlative craftsmanship, using these to spread their influence in diplomatic exchanges with each other and with the west.
This course will include two gallery visits.

What will we cover?

• The dates and places covered by the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Dynasties
• The Islamic styles and other designs that influenced the art of these dynasties
• The development of art during these dynasties through the patronage of the royal workshops
• Relationships between these dynasties and other parts of the world.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• State the dates and places covered by the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Dynasties
• Identify and describe key design elements that influenced the art of these dynasties
• Identify and describe typical design features of the art of these dynasties on a range of media
• Describe relationships between these dynasties and other parts of the world.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and design

You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with lectures, slide presentations, and discussions. There will also be two gallery /museum visits.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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See the course guide for term dates and further details


This course has now started

Course Code: VB438

Started Mon, day, 16 Jan - 20 Mar '17

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00
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