Study day: Leonardo da Vinci, art to understanding the world

Course Dates: 24/11/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Artist, scientist, and ‘Renaissance Man’ Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest minds in history. We look at his inspirations, his theories, his process and some of his major works.
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Study day: Leonardo da Vinci, art to understanding the world
  • Course Code: VB620
  • Dates: 24/11/24 - 24/11/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Sarah Jaffray

Course Code: VB620

Sun, day, 24 Nov - 24 Nov '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

For this study day 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.

Please note: this is an introductory study day and those who might have an extensive knowledge of Leonardo may find it to be rudimentary.

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 beginners and those with some art history experience.

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 lecture slide presentations and group discussion. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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