In depth: early Renaissance

Course Dates: 23/01/20 - 12/03/20
Time: 10:15 - 13:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the incredible progress of early Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting and decorative arts and the background to the Renaissance. Includes a gallery visit.


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 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
• Patronage
• 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. (Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.).

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.
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.


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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/04/2019)
If you really want to get under the skin of the Renaissance in Western Europe this course is a must. Led by a highly knowledgeable and engaging tutor, the developments in both Italy and the North are set in a socio-political context; considers the lives of the artists and their patrons and also explores materials and methods. The whole package really does fulfil the aims implicit in the course title. . . 'The Early Renaissance: In Depth'
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Review by Philip S / (Posted on 28/03/2019)
Excellent tutor and very easy to follow visual presentations
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB464

Full Thu, day, 23 Jan - 12 Mar '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £269.00
Senior fee: £215.00
Concession: £164.00

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