Art History: Raphael in Renaissance Rome

Ref: C3528606

This course illustrates and celebrates the genius of Raphael, focusing on his final twelve years in Rome. Here he worked chiefly for two of the most flamboyant Renaissance popes, and a highly civilised banker. We look closely at his complex and dynamic frescoes for the papal apartments, and his decoration of the Farnese Villa. Considerable attention is also given to Raphael's portraits and drawings.

Course aim

To explore the achievements of one of the greatest painters – who stands beside Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo at the summit of Italian art in the High Renaissance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • 1. Identify the key stylistic changes in Raphael’s paintings after his arrival in Rome.
  • 2. Show how Raphael’s Vatican frescoes function as an assertion of papal power.
  • 3. Describe and illustrate Raphael’s interpretations of classical mythology in his work for Chigi.
  • 4. Summarise Raphael’s chief achievements as a portraitist.
  • 5. Identify the principal stylistic and technical features in his seven tapestry cartoons in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • The course has no assessed assignments, but feedback operates informally in the flow of questions, reactions and debate within the group.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The course offers ideal preparation for further exploration of Raphael and later 16th-century Italian art.

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Art History: Raphael in Renaissance Rome

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