Michelangelo's Florence

Ref: C3741222

Michelangelo was born into a Florence with an already rich cultural heritage, with artists such as Donatello. His own great career was developed among other major artists like Raphael, so how should we view his personal contribution to the age?

Course aim

The course aims to study the major works of art in Florence which Michelangelo himself would have studied and to reassess the contribution he made to this rich cultural heritage.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No previous experience is required and information will be suitable for all.

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

  • to recognize the major works of art of the Florentine Renaissance of the late 15C and early 16C
  • to understand the contribution made by Michelangelo's contemporary artists in Florence in the late 15C and early 16C, in paitning, sculpture and architecture.
  • to evaluate Michelangelo's own contribution to the rich cultural scene in Florence in this period.
  • to appreciate the part played by the major art patrons such as the Medici.

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
  • The course will consist of informal lecturing sessions when students will be free to ask their own questions and make their own contribution to discussion. Some group work will also be arranged.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • The tutor will be available for advice on personal learning goals before and after each session.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful for students to bring a note pad to add to the information on the handouts provided in each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is helpful if students are prepared to do some background study to the course e.g. Lessing and Lemaitre, 'Florence and the Renaissance', Terrail , but there are a number of other good works too.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • This course will enable students to develop greater confidence in analyzing works of art and so enable them to gain greater benefit from visits to art galleries and exhibitions.

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Michelangelo's Florence


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