Movements in art: the Florentine Renaissance
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: VB616
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Discover how a specific set of conditions led to a flowering of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Renaissance Florence. Through close readings of key works such as Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ghiberti’s Baptistery Doors, the Brancacci Chapel, Michelangelo’s David, and others, we’ll trace the history of the Florentine Renaissance, discussing each work within its socio-political context. We’ll explore the role of patronage (the Medici, the Strozzi, religious orders etc.), artistic concepts like paragone, naturalism, perspective, and what the Renaissance meant for women.
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 history of the Florentine Renaissance
- Patronage (the Medici, the Strozzi etc.)
- Key painters, sculptors, and architects (including Donatello, Botticelli, Masacccio, Brunelleschi, Plautilla Nelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo)
- Key works and how they reflect the socio-political context of Florence.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe in brief the origins and development of the Florentine Renaissance
- give the names of at least two key Florentine patrons in this period
- List three artists identified with the Florentine renaissance
- Describe how key works reflect Florentine society/ culture/ politics.
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 with slide presentations, group discussions, and short group exercises.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring 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:
VB427 - The rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance
VB464 - In depth: early Renaissance.
Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon. She is an accredited Art Society lecturer. Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on City Lit’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’.
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.