Time: 10:00 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH50
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
We look at the participation of women in the Renaissance (1400-c.1650) as patrons, poets and painters as well as how women were portrayed in art.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will look at the traditional role of women in the sixteenth century and how they were portrayed in art. We will also look at examples of women as patrons and writers.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify how women were traditionally portrayed in art
• Name individual female patrons and the commissions
• Examine the paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi and Sofonisba Anguissola and consider how far gender stereotyping shaped their careers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for history and art history. No previous knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Onlie course. There will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged. We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion purposes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs other than note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses on European history. Please see the City Lit website.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University. She also teaches at Birbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London. Her expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. At City Lit Vanessa teaches London history and offers day schools on all aspects of medieval and early modern history. She also runs bridge courses at all levels. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine! For further information why not check out her website.
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.