Romanesque and Gothic sculpture: beyond the antique
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB732
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this art history course we will study works in ivory, stone, wood and metalwork from approximately the year 1000 to the end of the Middle Ages. We will investigate the techniques used to make these works of art, and the media employed. Consideration will be given to the extraordinary proliferation of sculpted images in the later middle ages, how they reflected social and religious concerns, and the types of subject matter depicted. We will explore the stylistic changes over the centuries, and how these affected the reception of the works.
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?
• Materials and techniques of medieval sculpture
• The function and meaning of medieval sculpture
• Stylistic change in sculpture through the middle ages.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the main materials and techniques use in medieval sculpture
- Describe common image types used
- Identify a variety of styles used at different times and places in the middle ages.
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 given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB124 – An Introduction to Medieval art and architecture
• VB244 - In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images
• VB488 - Discovering the art and architecture of London's churches.
Richard Plant is an architectural historian and lecturer specialising in the Middle Ages with a strong interest in the modern. He studied English Literature at Cambridge before going on to do his MA and then PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since then, he has specialised in the architectural history of the Middle Ages, teaching at the Courtauld as well as UCL and Queen Mary University, London. He was Deputy Academic Director at Christie’s Education and has published on English and German architecture.
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.