Course overview

As this is a very short course and it is a very big part of art history, I am suggesting we look at the seminal Renaissance painters: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. We will be discussing the history and meanings of their paintings, as well as their patrons, local history and the social context in which they were created. The first three came from the artistic cauldron that was fifteenth/sixteenth century Florence. As a complete stylistic contrast, the other great artist came from Venice, renowned for its glamour, its riches and its very special light.

Course description

This art history course is aimed at anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the Renaissance. It will be on Zoom where I will encourage lively and interesting debates about both the art, and the artists, from everyone. There will be a short introduction to the idea of the Italian Renaissance, and how the history of that era has so influenced the ideas that follow. We then study the lives and works of the most important High Renaissance artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Raphael Sanzio and Titian Vecelli. We shall discuss the impact these painters had, both at the short period that they were working, and afterwards. We shall also look at their influence upon each other and the rivalry this engendered, both between them and their followers. These discussions will help you achieve the learning outcomes below, but importantly, will enhance your understanding of this very seminal period in the development of Western art.

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