Art in Renaissance France

Course Dates: 28/02/23 - 28/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
What makes renaissance art in France different to that of Italy? Why does it date from a later period, why is some of it so fantastical and fanciful, where can you see it, and why does relatively little survive? Find out more in this survey of the rise and fall of the French renaissance.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00

Course Code: VB770

Tue, day, 28 Feb - 28 Mar '23

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The French renaissance can be defined as beginning after the French invasion of Italy in 1494, during the reign of Charles VIII (1470–1498), and ending with the assassination of Henri IV in 1610. However many cultural developments associated with the Italian renaissance had arrived in France before this period. The flowering of renaissance ideas in France was delayed by the economic and political after-effects of the Black Death and the Hundred Years' War. Nonetheless, by the end of the fifteenth century French artists such as Jean Fouquet (c.1420–1481) were being influenced by their Netherlandish and Italian contemporaries.

The kings of France were great patrons of art, in particular François I (1494-1547) who employed Italian architects, sculptors, and painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Benvenuto Cellini, Francesco Primaticcio, Rosso Fiorentino, and Niccolò dell'Abbate in the early sixteenth century. François I was a great builder of castles and the Italian renaissance style can be seen in the Chateau de Blois, the Chateau de Chambord (conceived as his hunting lodge) and the Chateau de Fontainebleau. At Fontainebleau, Primaticcio and Fiorentino established a workshop to produce the large number of paintings, sculptures, and interior decorations needed for the king’s palaces. They trained local artists in the exaggerated elegance of Mannerism, founding the so-called School of Fontainebleau. Hence, by the mid-sixteenth century, France had a number of highly talented artists, among them the architect Philibert Delorme , the painter François Clouet, the sculptor Germain Pilon and the ceramicist Bernard Palissy.

In this course we will be looking at how Italian and Netherlandish renaissance styles made their way to France and were transformed and developed there. We will consider the impact of key patrons and artists; sites where the French renaissance style developed; and the historical and political background to the development of French renaissance art.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

· From Burgundy to France — the beginnings of the renaissance in France

· From Italy to France — a second wave of influence

· Chateaux, gardens and decorative arts — the School of Fontainebleau

· Key patrons, painters, architects and sculptors.

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

· Discuss how the development of the French renaissance can be linked to its pre-cursors in Italy and the Netherlands

· Give three examples of how the French renaissance style was used in chateaux, gardens and the decorative arts

· Give an example of how the patronage of French renaissance art influenced its style, development and content.

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 and instructions on the basic elements of Zoom software, like usage of microphone and camera.

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

You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.

Before the course begins, you will be sent an email inviting you to join the course’s Google Classroom where the course documents will be stored.

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

There are no other costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes.

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

Art and identity: from the High Renaissance to the Reformation

In depth: early Renaissance

Think like an artist: in 16th century Venice

The art of the Burgundian Netherlands c. 1360-148.

Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She gained her Ph.D. at the University of York for her research into the involvement of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group and the social networks of the British art world in the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1939. She is Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.