Commencing with the art and architecture of the great medieval religious houses, this course explores the history and development of art in Western Europe from the turn to the Gothic in northern Europe to the Renaissance in Italy. Participants will become acquainted with the most influential sites and works of the medieval era, from Paris and Chartres to Cologne to York, before exploring the emergence of the Renaissance and the revival of interest in classical antiquity. Alongside considering the work of influential figures such as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michaelangelo, the course will explore themes including the role of patronage and the rise of the notion of the artist as a creative genius.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with prior knowledge looking to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Western Art between the twelfth and mid-sixteenth centuries. Minimum age 18.
This course includes:
- Eight-week term, with a half-term break;
- Expert lecture with time for questions and discussions each week;
- Wine receptions with faculty and fellow participants each term;
- Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury;
- Certificate of participation upon completion of the course.