What is the course about?
For this one-day course we will explore the mind of Leonardo da Vinci through his words and art. Beyond his accomplished paintings, Leonardo was a polymath who wrote treaties on art and nature. Driven by an insatiable curiosity he filled sketchbook after sketchbook with his observations and hypotheses about the natural world. He was also a calculating businessman who moved from client to client to accommodate his desire for fame and recognition. In addition to some of his major paintings, this course will look at Leonardo’s drawings, his theories and his relationships with the patrons who he targeted in the development of his career.
What will we cover?
- Leonardo’s drawings and what they tell us about his thinking and artistic process
- Leonardo’s great patrons including Ludovico Sforza, Francis I of France, and Isabella d’Este
- Leonardo’s significant theories on painting and how they apply to key works like The Last Supper and Mona Lisa
- The cultural atmosphere of Northern Italy and France in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss the importance of drawing in Leonardo’s thought process
- Describe the key elements of Leonardo’s style
- Discuss at least one way in which contemporary political, religious or intellectual movements/patrons might have impacted the work of Leonardo.
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 slide presentations, group discussions and one guided activity.
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?
You might also be interested in:
• VB236 - What makes a Masterpiece
• VB131 - Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function
• VB427 - The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance.