Course overview

This is a very short workshop of two sessions of two hours. In this time, we will discuss in detail works from lesser-known painters of the Renaissance era. Since the High Renaissance is much better known, we will look at artists from the fifteenth century.

Course description

The National Gallery is currently running a small exhibition on the works of Francesco Pesellino (1422 – 1457), so this painter will feature in this workshop.

We will discuss a detailed examination of one work only for each of the other three artists that will be covered. These will be Masolino da Panicale (1383 – 1447), concentrating on one of his frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel. Then Domenicio Ghirlandaio (1449 – 1494) - looking at his altarpiece of “The Adoration of the Shepherds” of 1485 and finally “St Jerome in his study” (?1460) by Antonella da Messina (1430 – 1479).

By taking time to look at one work in depth, the influences on these painters such as the work being done on perspective, the new ideas about oil painting, especially the work being done in Flanders, the theories about the way Roman art/sculpture should influence the current style of art, will become apparent.

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