Art History: Visions of Genius

Ref: C2422619

This course will introduce you to the painters of genius and renown from the early to late Renaissance period. We shall study some artists of lesser fame to set the scene for the periods covered. We shall look at the Northern Renaissance of Jan van Eyck, Durer and Holbein and spend some time on the major figures of Leonardo and Michelangelo. We shall discuss the impact these painters had, both at the time and afterwards, their influence upon each other and the rivalry this engendered, both between them and their followers. This will be done by a powerpoint presentation and discussion from us all.

Course aim

We will be looking at the seminal painters of the past:- e.g.Leonardo, Michelangelo, Durer, Holbein and Titian. We will be discussing the meanings of their paintings, with patrons, local history and the social context in which they were created

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art history.

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

  • Evaluate the impact of the images discussed upon others both then and later
  • Relate the impact of the social context to the artists' work.
  • Understand how artists achieve the effects credited to their work and their influence on other artists
  • Use new skills to selectively view items in galleries.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No, nothing.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art History: Visions of Genius


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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