Focus on: art, love and marriage in renaissance Italy
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.
Course Code: VB893
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This short course focuses on the lavish array of luxury objects and paintings made in Renaissance Italy to commemorate and to celebrate love, marriage, and the family. Marriage was an important way for families to affirm their social status and marriage festivities in the Renaissance were spectacles to rival the celebrity weddings seen today in Hello! Magazine, and both betrothal and marriage were also occasions for extravagant gift-giving. Childbearing was vital to the continuation of family lineage, but was a dangerous business, and an elaborate material culture of objects designed to safeguard mother and child is evidenced today in surviving objects in museum collections.
This art history course provides an opportunity to explore the material culture of love, marriage, and childbirth in Renaissance Italy. We will discuss how items made to mark these events were acquired, used, and displayed within the home and we will uncover some of the customs and beliefs surrounding courtship, weddings, and childbirth in the period. The course will combine close study of surviving objects with readings from contemporary documentary and literary sources.
Join us for a fascinating dive into the world of the Renaissance family.
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?
• Close study of objects and paintings made to commemorate courtship, marriage, and childbirth in Renaissance Italy
• The use and display of these items in their original settings
• Readings from contemporary documentary and literary sources
• Customs and beliefs surrounding courtship, marriage, and childbirth.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise a variety of objects related to courtship, marriage, and childbirth in the Renaissance
• Discuss how some of these objects were originally used and displayed
• Understand how written sources contribute to our understanding of surviving objects from the period
• Discuss some of the common customs and beliefs surrounding courtship, marriage, and childbirth.
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?
VB575: The Renaissance at home - decorative art in the Italian Renaissance interior
VB586: Focus on: animals in Renaissance art.
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.