Inside the Sistine Chapel

Ref: C3528752

The course reveals the pictorial treasures of one of the world’s most famous buildings: the Sistine Chapel. It examines the ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo and his massive Last Judgment, as well as works by other artists of the highest calibre, notably Botticelli and Raphael.

Course aim

To investigate one of the most spectacular achievements of the Italian Renaissance: the interior decoration of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, in all its awesome splendour and timeless mystery.

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. Show how the decoration of the Sistine Chapel functioned as an assertion of Papal power and prestige.
  • 2. Compare and contrast at least TWO of the 15th-century frescoes on the Chapel walls.
  • 3. Describe the chief features of Raphael’s Tapestry Cartoons.
  • 4. Summarise and explain Michelangelo's Ceiling Panels illustrating the Creation..
  • 5. Identify the chief compositional and pictorial elements in Michelangelo’s Last Judgment.

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
  • There are no formal assessments, but feedback on learning and achievement operates informally, in the flow of questions, reactions and debate within the group. Individual involvement in this is constantly encouraged.

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
  • This course offers pathways to further study of major Renaissance artists, in particular Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli. It also invites further examination of Papal power and patronage in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries..

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Inside the Sistine Chapel Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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