Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB620
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
For this art history course we will explore the mind of Leonardo da Vinci through his words and art. Beyond his accomplished paintings, Leonardo was a polymath who wrote treaties on art and nature. Driven by an insatiable curiosity he filled sketchbook after sketchbook with his observations and hypotheses about the natural world. He was also a calculating businessman who moved from client to client to accommodate his desire for fame and recognition. In addition to some of his major paintings, this course will look at Leonardo’s drawings, his theories and his relationships with the patrons who he targeted in the development of his career.
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?
- Leonardo’s drawings and what they tell us about his thinking and artistic process
- Leonardo’s great patrons including Ludovico Sforza, Francis I of France, and Isabella d’Este
- Leonardo’s significant theories on painting and how they apply to key works like The Last Supper and Mona Lisa
- The cultural atmosphere of Northern Italy and France in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss the importance of drawing in Leonardo’s thought process
- Describe the key elements of Leonardo’s style
- Discuss at least one way in which contemporary political, religious or intellectual movements/patrons might have impacted the work of Leonardo.
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:
• VB236 - What makes a Masterpiece
• VB131 - Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function
• VB427 - The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance.
Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.
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.