Focus on: Michelangelo
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB862
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this weekend art history course we delve into the ‘genius’ of Michelangelo and its development from his early years learning sculpture in the garden of the Medici family to his final years expressing his passionate love of God. We look at how his patrons and major cultural events shaped the path of his career and how he fought against them in order to forge his way as an individual. We will also consider the myths that surround the life and work of Michelangelo to see how they have impacted our understanding of his place in art history.
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 myths that colour our understanding of Michelangelo’s work
• Michelangelo’s great patrons including the Medici, Pope Julius II and Vittoria Collona
• Significant artworks including the Pieta, the David, the Sistine Chapel and the Julius Tomb
• Michelangelo’s creative process from drawing to sculpture
• The cultural atmosphere of Florence and Rome in the late 15th and 16th centuries.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe the content of at least two of Michelangelo’s key artworks
• Describe the key elements of Michelangelo’s style
• Discuss at least one way in which contemporary political, religious or intellectual movements/patrons might have impacted the work of Michelangelo.
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 buy a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB620 - Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci
• VB464 - In depth: early Renaissance
• VB815 - In depth: late Renaissance
• 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.