What is the course about?
Caravaggio’s world was full of peril and intrigue. Explore his output in Milan and the way that Counter-Reformation Rome (from the Council of Trent impact on baroque aesthetics to sex work, policing, and patronage) impacted on Caravaggio’s life and art. Discover the contributions of artistic and personal rivals like Giovanni Baglione and the Carracci, and friends like Orazio Gentileschi. And follow his journey after Rome until his death through key works. Explore his legacy from the seventeenth century to contemporary artists.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Life in Counter-Reformation Rome from artistic patronage to policing
• Caravaggio’s career in Milan, Rome, Naples, Sicily etc. and key works
• Caravaggio’s circle of friends, artist rivals, patrons, models
• Caravaggio’s legacy then and now.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss the impact of counter-Reformation Rome on the work and life of Caravaggio
• Identify and analyse one key work from each of the periods of Caravaggio’s career
• List three key figures in Caravaggio’s circle
• Describe the legacy of Caravaggio.
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, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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• VB126: Art and identity: from the High Renaissance to the Reformation.