Art and Architecture of the Early Renaissance in Italy Part 1

Ref: C2225423

Early Renaissance Italy is one of the key periods in the history of European art. New ways of rendering the world in painting and sculpture and new styles of architecture appeared. We will consider some of the major figures in Florence at the beginning of the fifteenth century - the sculptor and architect Brunelleschi, best known for the dome of Florence Cathedral and the painter Masaccio. We will discuss some of the followers of Masaccio and painters who came after him such as Uccello and Fra Angelico. There will be a session on the work of Piero della Francesca. Alberti’s theories were important and we will discover why. We will also look at the importance of sculpture, especially the work of Ghiberti and Donatello. Throughout the course we will consider artistic techniques and their relationship with the final image, analyse the historical background and explore other contexts.

Course aim

This course aims to outline the main developments in Italian art in the early fifteenth century and discover why it is seen as a distinctive break in the history of art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise some of the key developments of the early Renaissance art in Italy.
  • Discuss the position of Florence in the development of the early Renaissance in Italy.
  • Identify some of the different techniques used by painters.
  • Assess paintings and buildings from the period with greater pleasure and understanding.

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Though no pre-course reading or other preparation is necessary you may find it helpful to visit the Renaissance galleries of the National Gallery.

What can I do next?

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

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Art and Architecture of the Early Renaissance in Italy Part 1


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