Art in 17th Century France

Ref: C2226773

Louis XIII (1610–43) and Louis XIV (1643–1715) and their skilled ministers (Richelieu, Mazarin and Colbert) established France as the cultural centre of Europe. The founding of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture helped regulate artistic production to match the needs of the Crown and the Gobelins was established for the production of artefacts, fabrics and furniture for the royal palaces. In painting two distinct schools (Italian and Flemish) battled for supremacy. We will discuss the art theoretical battles between those favouring Poussin on the one side and Rubens on the other. At the same time the château of Versailles was created as the new luxurious centre of government and the Court outside the capital.

Additional information about this course

Half term 22/10/2019

Course aim

This Course will give an overview of art production in 17th century France. It will focus particularly on the founding of the Academie Royale and the creation of Versailles.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Analyse the royal patronage in 17th century France
  • Discuss the theories regarding the two styles Poussiniste and Rubeniste
  • Analyse how the Academie Royale and the Gobelins shaped art production
  • Discuss the historical context of paintings in 17th century France
  • Account for the timeline of the creation of the Chateau of Versailles

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Art in 17th Century France


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