What is the course about?
This course is an opportunity to view Renaissance paintings, sculpture, and architecture in situ. Discover Fra Angelico’s stunning frescoes for the monastery of San Marco. See Michelangelo’s tombs and his David. Admire the Brancacci Chapel and that feat of engineering - Brunelleschi’s dome. Hear the fascinating story of the Medici family then visit the world-famous Uffizi gallery to see Botticelli’s paintings.
Please note: The course fee covers three full days of guided visits and all entrances to museums and churches. It does not include flights, accommodation, meals, travel insurance etc. which you will be required to book independently. You must purchase valid travel insurance.
THIS COURSE IS NOW CONFIRMED – feel free to book your hotels and accommodation once you have signed up for the course
PLEASE NOTE: Now that the course is confirmed, it is exempt from our refunds and transfers policy.
What will we cover?
- The history and layout of the city and its patrons
- Brunelleschi’s dome and church architecture
- Developments in sculpture: Donatello, Ghiberti, and Michelangelo
- The art of fresco: Fra Angelico, Masaccio
- The Medici family and patronage.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise and identify key paintings, sculptures, fresco cycles, and buildings in Florence
- Follow the connections in the development of sculpture from the Early to the High Renaissance
- Describe the narratives in key fresco cycles
- Describe the role of the Medici family in Florence and how they used patronage to reinforce their status.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and design. It will involve walking between venues and standing so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
1) We cannot guarantee stools in the locations visited.
2) We will be walking between venues and between objects in venues - therefore on our feet / walking for a good deal of the day. If you feel that you cannot walk and stand for 2-3 hours in a day this is, alas, not the course for you.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through guided visits and discussions. There will be breaks throughout the day, as well as a break for lunch.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be required to book and pay for your own travel, accommodation, food, etc.
Please ensure you have travel insurance.
Please note you are responsible for getting yourself to and from meeting points so please bring a city map/app.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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