What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to the iconographic language used in Medieval, Renaissance and Old Master paintings; the symbols and compositional devices used to convey particular messages within these paintings to the audience of the day. An apple here, a peacock there; these objects communicate messages which are now misunderstood by modern audiences, but what did they mean to their contemporary viewers?
What will we cover?
• How to identify the most commonly illustrated saints in Christian iconography
• Key compositional formats in Christian art, such as adorations, annunciations, assumptions, and transfigurations
• The secular iconography of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Be able to identify at least 3 saints by their attributes
• Describe three Christian compositional formats
• Be able to identify at least 3 classical gods or goddesses by their attributes.
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 with short lectures, slide shows and discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. 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?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details