Art in History: Eight Italian Cities

Ref: C3741354

We place the emergence of Western art into its historical context: from Ancient pagan Rome and Early Christian catacombs and moving then to the formality of Byzantine Ravenna. Artistic change in Assisi and Padua moved Western art into an era of naturalism causing Pisan and Sienese cultures to look both backwards and forwards. We consider in depth the explosive changes of the early Renaissance in Florence before pulling all these topics together in the High Renaissance in Venice and Rome with a startling denouement in the Sistine Chapel. At all times we will seek to consider historical change and its impact on art.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to place art in its historical context in eight core Italian cities and by so doing bring a fuller enjoyment of all art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Those about to holiday in Italy will derive a particular benefit.

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

  • Broadly recognise the chronology of images.
  • Anticipate the historical "cause & effect" in artistic changes
  • Understand the reasons for artistic changes in the selected cities
  • Have a fuller enjoyment of all art

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
  • Each week students will be encouraged to analyse in small groups specific works of art.

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 weekly specific analyses will provide opportunities for tutor/student feedback.

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
  • No course books need to be purchased, but each week a list of course sources will be provided in a hand out.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • At the end of the course a schedule of current art exhibitions will be provided.

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Art in History: Eight Italian Cities


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