What is the course about?
In this one-day course we delve into the ‘genius’ of Michelangelo and its development from his early years learning sculpture in the garden of the Medici family to his final years expressing his passionate love of God. We look at how his patrons and major cultural events shaped the path of his career and how he fought against them in order to forge his way as an individual. We will also consider the myths that surround the life and work of Michelangelo to see how they have impacted our understanding of his place in art history.
What will we cover?
• The myths that colour our understanding of Michelangelo’s work
• Michelangelo’s great patrons including the Medici, Pope Julius II and Vittoria Collona
• Significant artworks including the Pieta, the David, the Sistine Chapel and the Julius Tomb
• Michelangelo’s creative process from drawing to sculpture
• The cultural atmosphere of Florence and Rome in the late 15th and 16th centuries.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe the content of at least two of Michelangelo’s key artworks
• Describe the key elements of Michelangelo’s style
• Discuss at least one way in which contemporary political, religious or intellectual movements/patrons might have impacted the work of Michelangelo.
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:
• VB464 - In depth: early Renaissance
• VB815 - In depth: late Renaissance
• VB131 - Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function
• VB427 - The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance.
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