The Art of Christmas with David Brindley

Ref: C3532627

The Christmas story has probably inspired more art than any other subject has. From medieval icons of the Virgin and Child to the Renaissance paintings of the shepherds and the wise men and from stained glass windows to Christmas cards, the story has been at the forefront of western art. This course will examine the historicity of the gospel stories and how artists through the centuries have interpreted them. A wide range of art will be shown and there will be space for discussion and for learners to offer their own suggestions and experiences.

Course aim

In the weeks leading to Christmas, this course looks at the astonishing variety and depth of art inspired by the stories of Jesus' birth. Medieval icons, Renaissance nativities, stained glass windows, and Christmas cards all are part of the story.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • recognise and describe the main art historical movements viewed through the Christmas story
  • discuss the historicity of the biblical stories of the nativity
  • understand the impact of Christmas on western art

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior experience or knowledge is needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Art of Christmas with David Brindley


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