Italian Art 1500-1600 The High Renaissance and After

Ref: C2224489

Of the great artists of sixteenth century Italy Leonardo was the oldest. After examining his work we will consider the extraordinary careers of Michelangelo, painter, sculptor and architect, and Raphael. These powerful personalities had numerous followers, many of whom are well worth our attention. Other artists continued older traditions. In architecture, apart from Michelangelo and Raphael, the great name is Bramante who started the re-building of St Peter’s in Rome. At the same Giorgione was creating a new language in Venetian art which profoundly influenced the young Titian. We will end by looking at the attractive painting of Correggio.

Course aim

The High Renaissance is associated with the great names of Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. We will explore their work and that of their lesser known contemporaries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Summarize the achievement of Michelangelo
  • Reflect on what made Raphael so influential as a painter and architect
  • Recognise the distinctive nature of early sixteenth century painting in Venice
  • Describe the career of Bramante
  • Appreciate the achievement of the Italian artists and architects of the early sixteenth century more deeply

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

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
  • You may find a visit to the Renaissance rooms of the National Gallery helpful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Italian Art 1500-1600 The High Renaissance and After Course Outline


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