Study trip: Naples and Caravaggio

Course Dates: 25/02/20 - 27/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: OS - Off Site

Join us to explore Naples, Italy’s most vibrant city. This three-day tour with an expert art historian will reveal another dimension to Caravaggio’s practice, showing you some stunning baroque artworks and architecture. Maximum 12 places. Please note: This course is now confirmed and is excluded from our normal refund and transfer policy.


What is the course about?

Naples is often seen as a gateway to Pompeii but actually this city has some of the best baroque art and architecture in Italy and deserves to be visited in its own right. It also has an energy like nowhere else. See works Caravaggio would have seen, such as Vasari’s frescoed ceilings and other stunning church interiors. Observe one of Caravaggio’s most notable works in situ and others in museums in the context of his contemporaries. Admire the faded grandeur of Naples’ architecture and see Il Cristo Velato, one of the greatest sculptures ever made.

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?

- Caravaggio’s history, development, artworks, and legacy
- Baroque art and religious terminology
- Naples’ culture and history.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Describe the trajectory of Caravaggio’s practice, contribute to conversations about his paintings and recognise his legacy.
- Explain terminology like presepe, baroque, chiaroscuro, 'the seven acts of mercy'.

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 architecture.

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.

Please note:
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 make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes shoes (that have already been bedded in) and something waterproof.
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


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excellent trip and highly recommended
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/04/2019)
These are marvellous study tours and highly recommended as a way of expanding your knowledge of art. The tutors are engaging and experts in the subject. The learning is fun and rewarding.
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Review by Henry Blythe / (Posted on 07/04/2019)
You will either love or hate Baroque after the course ; it is a marmite style
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/04/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Marie-Anne Mancio

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon. She is an accredited Art Society lecturer. Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on City Lit’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VB507

Tue-Thu, day, 25 Feb - 27 Feb '20

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £449.00
Senior fee: £449.00
Concession: £449.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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