The Renaissance in Umbria
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: VB599
Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
Histories of the Italian Renaissance favour Florence and Rome but neglect the other artistic centres of the country. Umbria too was the home of great masters and the region’s painters were sought after by the wealthy and powerful of the Italian peninsula to fulfil some of the most prestigious commissions of the age, including the frescoes for the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Although less well known, and less studied, than Tuscany, it was from Umbrian patrons that the young Raphael received his first commissions and it was in Umbria that Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino, grew to such fame that he was described in 1500 as ‘the best artist in Italy’. Join us to explore the art of the Umbrian Renaissance, including works by Signorelli, Perugino, Pintoricchio, as well as some of Raphael’s earliest work, in this beautiful area of Italy.
This class will lead you through these artists, their art and its exciting context to explore the art and the artists of the Umbrian region of Italy in the Renaissance.
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 social, cultural, and economic background to the Renaissance in Umbria
• The development of Renaissance art in the region
• Works of art by Umbrian artists of the Renaissance
• Significant patrons of the region.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss the social, cultural and economic drivers of the Renaissance in Umbria
• Understand the stylistic development of Renaissance painting in the region
• Identify works by Renaissance artists of the region
• Discuss some of the major patrons of art of the period.
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 and group discussions.
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.
Lydia is an art historian specialising in the art and material culture of the Italian Renaissance. Lydia holds a BA in Renaissance history from the University of Warwick, and an MA in Art History from the University of Sussex. She was awarded her PhD from The Warburg Institute in 2020 for her thesis on artistic patronage in early modern Perugia. Lydia’s research interests centre on the Umbrian region of Italy and include confraternities, workshop practice, and the production of Tovaglie Perugine. She has taught at Sussex University and lectures widely on the Italian Renaissance. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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.