The Florence of the Medici - A Golden Age

Ref: C3742826

* We concentrate on 14th & 15th century Florentine art from the origins of the Renaissance moving from civic culture to the influence of the Medici. * Along the way we will be wary of the extent of propaganda from both artists & patrons. * We will take the opportunity to consider in depth Florentine art in the National Gallery. * Emphasis will be place on the meaning & interpretration of beautiful, often enigmatic images in their historical context, before considering the 16th century impact of the Medici Dukes of Tuscany.

Course aim

We will consider the emergence of Western art from Byzantine precedents and how the Medici dynasty moved it on through philosophical academic study.

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 of the period
  • differentiate between tradition and propaganda in images
  • explain the impact of the Medici dynasty on Florentine art
  • 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
  • At the end of the course a schedule of current art exhibitions will be provided.

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The Florence of the Medici - A Golden Age


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