The power and influence of German art: from early medieval to early modern
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB705
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Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This art history course will explore the art of Germany from medieval to modern and along the way the country as we now know it will emerge. In this study of the history of art from Germany we will take a snapshot across history of the variety of artists that would come to be a major influence not just on Northern art but also on Italian Renaissance art and ultimately European art.
This chronological survey will begin its exploration in the 1460s along the way demonstrating the interconnectivity of German artists through their itinerancy, their ingenuity, and rigorous work ethic. The scope of these lectures and the images that will be shown will demonstrate the changes in style of German art and how this art reflected the wider goings on in European art. And to this end each of the weekly lectures will take a look at German art through the lens of an individual artist, and in doing so take us from the medieval wood carvings of Tilman Riemenschneider, through to the Renaissance art of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Holbein the Younger, to the Baroque art of Adam Elsheimer, from Neo-Classicism to Romanticism and finally culminating in the German art of the 19th century with the impact of German modern art on French Impressionism.
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?
• Medieval and Renaissance
• The politics of Reformation and its impact on art
• The emergence of Germany as a nation and the impact of modernity on it art.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss something about why German art is so distinctive giving at least 2 examples
• List / describe 3 examples of pre and post Reformation art
• Identify the differences between German medieval and Renaissance art.
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 online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
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?
You might also be interested in:
• VB426 - In depth: German art and the Weimar Republic 1918-1933
• VB475 - 20th century German art
• VB727 - German Art from the 1960s
• VB713 - Friday Lates: Anselm Kiefer and the ruins of Nazi Germany
• VB710 - Friday Lates: Gerhard Richter: Nazis in the family.
Leslie Primo has spent more than 15 years giving lectures to the general public at the National Gallery for the Information and Education departments. During this time he graduated with a degree in History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College of London. In his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, and the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings. He is also an accredited Art 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.