Day School: The Glories of the Art of Fra Angelico

Ref: C3742681

Fra Angelico is an important artist of the mid 15C when the advances in art were at their height. However, he not only painted supremely beautiful works which are worth studying in their own right, but he was part of the cultural scene in Florence when the city was at its artistic zenith, a contemporary of all the great 15C names, Masaccio, Donatello, and Ghiberti, to name but a few. This exciting course will begin with recent research into his early career as an illuminator, and then examine his major works both in Fiesole and Florence, and further afield, such as the pope's private Chapel in the Vatican, in order to attempt an assessment of his importance as an artist at this key period in Renaissance art.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

Fra Giovanni de Fiesole (c.1400-1455) was a Dominican friar who created some of the beautiful works of the early Italian Renaissance. This course will trace his artistic development from illuminator to sublime artist.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is everyone with an interest in 15C art in Florence and beyond.

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

  • appreciate the importance of early influences on the development of Fra Angelico's artistic style.
  • understand the essential background of his Dominican faith to his art
  • evaluate the patronage system in Renaissance Italy
  • analyze his part in the evolution of key areas of Renaissance painting.

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • You may wish to bring your own note book to make supplementary notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Day School: The Glories of the Art of Fra Angelico


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