Italian Renaissance

Ref: C2224543

The Renaissance meant a rebirth of classical culture. What did this mean for Italian painters and sculptors in the fifteenth century? And how did giants like Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo emerge?

Course aim

The main purpose of the course is to understand the development of Italian Renaissance art in the fifteenth century; to establish its central themes and to locate the key artists and sculptors in their context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is doe all those interested in art and who enjoy the pleasure of looking. Really, no previous experience is needed.

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

  • Identify the work of some Italian Renaissance painters and sculptors
  • Recognise some of the main themes of the period, e.g. the importance of perspective and the human figure.
  • Recognise some of the materials used by the painters and sculptors.
  • Recognise what features of renaissance sculpture made for a new naturalism

How will I be taught?

  • The power point presentation will offer opportunities for discussion and debate

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
  • Further feedback will be through mid and end of term reviews

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
  • However, any advance reading is always useful. 'The Story of Art' by Ernst Gombrich is recommended especially the relevant chapters.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Italian Renaissance Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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