Art & Architecture of Cities – Venice and the Veneto

Ref: C3529758

The course will look at the development of art and architecture in Venice and the surrounding towns and cities of the Veneto. It will explore the origins of Venice, the impact of Byzantine art on its earliest buildings, particularly St Mark's Basilica. The Medieval period will focus on Giotto's Arena Chapel at Padua, and its impact on other artists in the Veneto. The influence of Gothic art will focus on the Ducal Palace and other Palazzi in Venice. The unique political structure of Venice and its position at the crossroads of the Christian West and Byzantine East, will also be crucial to understanding the difference between Venice compared to other cities in Italy. In painting the course will look at the development of a distinctively Venetian School, focusing on colour, particularly in the work of artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto. The Venice BIennale will bring the course up to its conclusion in the present day.

Course aim

This course will give an overview of the art and architecture of Venice and the Veneto, covering its past to the present day, which could be used as a guide to the city.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the origins of the architectural and artistic styles seen in Venice and its surroundings.
  • Understand how the political structures and position of Venice at the crossroads of the East and West affected its art and architecture.
  • Understand the key characteristics of the different styles of art and architecture that developed in Venice and how they differed from elsewhere in Italy.
  • Understand the impact of climatic and geographical factors on the development of Venetian art and architecture.

How will I be taught?

  • Each session will consist of a slideshow designed to provoke question and answer sessions and discussions.

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 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

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Art & Architecture of Cities – Venice and the Veneto


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