Art in Tuscany;The Emerging Renaissance

Ref: C3741496

We concentrate on 14th and 15th century Tuscan art with the intention of gently exploring the origins of the Renaissance, and look for its tentative roots in some surprising places- Pisa for instance. Along the way we will consider the extent to which Sienese art differed from Florentine and compare both with "provincial" art. In all of these elements we will be wary of the extent of propaganda from patrons and rival City States. Emphasis will be placed on the meaning and interpretation of beautiful, often enigmatic, images in their historical context before we examine their impact on the High Renaissance.

Course aim

We will consider the emergence of Western art from its Byzantine precedents and aim to bring a fuller enjoyment of all art through a greater appreciation of the methods & intentions of both artists and patrons.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of the chronology of images
  • look for the intentions of artists and patrons
  • recognise the difference between Florentine and Sienese art
  • differentiate between tradition and propaganda
  • 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 in small groups to analyse 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 purchase of suggested books is required but a list of the main course written sources will be provided on weekly handouts.

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • At the end of the course a schedule of current art exhibitions will be provided.

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Art in Tuscany;The Emerging Renaissance 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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