What is the course about?
The study of Renaissance art is traditionally divided into three phases: Early, High, and Late Renaissance. The development of the Early Renaissance style is generally linked to Florence at the beginning of the 15th century, but in recent years the impact of the work of Flemish artists on Italian art has also come to be recognised. In this course, we will look at how ideas spread from Northern Italy and Western Europe and vice-versa.
This 8-session course looks at early Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy and northern Europe up until c.1450 by looking at selected artists and their work. It aims to place key artworks into their historical context, in order to appreciate their complex social, religious and political functions and to look at artist’s processes and techniques, and patronage. One class is held in a museum so that students can study artworks at first-hand.
What will we cover?
• The historical and cultural context of early Renaissance art in Italy and Northern Europe
• Early Renaissance techniques and materials.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe the historical and cultural context of early Renaissance
• List two key writers whose ideas helped spread Renaissance ideas
• Demonstrate an understanding of Renaissance techniques and materials
• Analyse key works and participate in discussions about them.
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, slides, and group discussions. One session will be held off-site in a central London gallery.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class. You might wish to bring a notebook with you.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit and you will have to stand and to walk between objects. You might wish to invest in a lightweight folding gallery stool. The gallery visit will be free.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in doing the second part of this course:
VB815 - In Depth: Late Renaissance
Or follow up with:
VB131 - Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function.
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