The Renaissance revisited
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB758
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
There is more to the Italian Renaissance than Florence, so why not expand your scholarly horizons and join us for this five part course that will study the Renaissance art and culture in the lesser-studied centres of Mantua, Urbino, Perugia, Ferrara and Spoleto? Although off the beaten track, these cities have wonderful cultural legacies from this rich period of Italian art and architecture, when they attracted some of the most famous names in art history to decorate and embellish their churches, institutions, and palaces and when they produced native artists and craftsmen with their own distinctive regional styles.
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?
• The political and economic background to the flowering of Renaissance art in each of these cities
• The spread and the assimilation of Renaissance ideas and artistic innovation through the Italian peninsula
• Important patrons and works of art and architecture in each centr.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
· Discuss the political and economic developments that enabled significant advances in art and architecture in these cities in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
· Understand how art in local centres changed as a result of the spread of Renaissance innovations
· Identify some of the significant patrons, buildings and artworks of these regional centres.
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 and instructions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with lecture, slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available on City Lit’s Google Classroom. There will beno requirement to do additional reading, but suggestions for reading around the topic will be provided by your tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Purchasing Power: patronage and art buying in the Italian Renaissance
Love and Marriage in Renaissance Art
Animals in Renaissance Art
At home in the Italian Renaissance: the art and objects of everyday life.
Lydia is an art historian specialising in the art and material culture of the Italian Renaissance. Lydia holds a BA in Renaissance history from the University of Warwick, and an MA in Art History from the University of Sussex. She was awarded her PhD from The Warburg Institute in 2020 for her thesis on artistic patronage in early modern Perugia. Lydia’s research interests centre on the Umbrian region of Italy and include confraternities, workshop practice, and the production of Tovaglie Perugine. She has taught at Sussex University and lectures widely on the Italian Renaissance. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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.