Art in medieval England
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now finished
Course Code: VB763
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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What is the course about?
The course will explore the art and architecture of England through the middle ages, roughly chronologically, over five weeks. We will study some of the greatest of medieval buildings, Durham Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral with its stained glass, as well as lesser-known treasures. While much of the sculpture and painting of the period was destroyed in the Reformation and later, enough survives to give an impression of the splendour and inventiveness of the art of the period. We shall discuss the works not only in their stylistic aspects, but also the ways in which they were made, and their broader social and religious significance.
What will we cover?
• The main stylistic transformations in English art and architecture
• Techniques used in making English art and architecture
• Social and religious transformations which drove the changes in the art of the period.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
· Discuss stylistic changes of the period. giving at least 2 examples
· Evaluate how buildings and works of art from the period were made
· Identify major monuments of English medieval art.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with lecture and discussion, accompanied by images in slides. Some handouts will be given out by the tutor and others will be available digitally via a Google Classroom. An invitation to the Google Classroom will be sent to you within a week of the course start date.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
European architecture in the Middle Ages 800-1500
Manuscripts and illumination.
Richard Plant is an architectural historian and lecturer specialising in the Middle Ages with a strong interest in the modern. He studied English Literature at Cambridge before going on to do his MA and then PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since then, he has specialised in the architectural history of the Middle Ages, teaching at the Courtauld as well as UCL and Queen Mary University, London. He was Deputy Academic Director at Christie’s Education and has published on English and German architecture.
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