Ref: C2225375

After the disturbances of the fifteenth century, the sixteenth century saw the emergence of the nation states of Spain, France and England, which offered new opportunities for the painters, sculptors and architects of the sixteenth century. They include many great names, among them Brueghel, El Greco, Dürer, Holbein, Titian, Veronese, Palladio and Cellini. They and many more were following in the footsteps of the giants of the High Renaissance, namely Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. what did they make of the challenge that these three men laid down? Mannerism was the response of some of them. What did that mean and where did it lead to? The course will concentrate on the work of the painters, sculptors and architects looking at their often very personal responses to the turbulent times they lived in.

Course aim

The purpose of the course is to give an introduction to the art of the sixteenth century

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course will appeal to all those who enjoy the visual arts, especially those who visit museums, galleries and old houses and churches.

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

  • Recognise the work of at least some of the individual painters, sculptors and architects of the sixteenth century
  • identify the style of the work of these artists
  • appreciate the complexities of Mannerism
  • Discover how the artistic products of the sixteenth century developed from the work the previous century

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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