In depth: early Renaissance
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB464
Duration: 9 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
The study of Renaissance art is traditionally divided into three phases: Early, High, and Late Renaissance. The development of the Early Renaissance style is generally linked to Florence at the beginning of the 15th century, but in recent years the impact of the work of Flemish artists on Italian art has also come to be recognised. In this course, we will look at how ideas spread from Northern Italy and Western Europe and vice-versa.
This course looks at early Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy and northern Europe up until c.1450 by looking at selected artists and their work. It aims to place key artworks into their historical context, in order to appreciate their complex social, religious and political functions and to look at artist’s processes and techniques, and patronage.
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 historical and cultural context of early Renaissance art in Italy and Northern Europe
• Early Renaissance techniques and materials.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe the historical and cultural context of early Renaissance
• List two key writers whose works helped spread Renaissance ideas
• Demonstrate an understanding of Renaissance techniques and materials
• Analyse key works and participate in discussions about them.
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 be interested in doing the second part of this course:
VB815 - In Depth: Late Renaissance
Or follow up with:
VB131 - Italian Renaissance drawing: design, form and function.
Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at City Lit, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts 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.