The Northern Renaissance: Art history- the magical works

Ref: C2226821

We will look at the lives and works of the major figures of the Renaissance which took place mostly in Flanders in the 15/16th centuries. We will look at the social, political and religious circumstances of the time and understand how these affected and directed the work of these famous artists. Jan van Eyck, van der Weyden and Durer were universally recognised as enormously influential and very desirable, by both religious and secular patrons. By looking at the work of Bosch we will understand the influence from the Middle Ages and how these belief systems affected the work and the viewers reaction to it. Durer held his own in Italy - even Michelangelo was sorry he was not Italian!

Course aim

The Renaissance which took place in Flanders was separate from, but influential to, the more famous one in Italy. Star artists like Jan van Eyck and Durer were famous in their lifetimes and their work sought after among the rich and famous.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1) Evaluate the impact of the artists discussed upon others both then and later
  • 2) Recognise the impact of the social context to the artist’s work
  • 3) Use new skills to selectively view items in galleries

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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The Northern Renaissance: Art history- the magical works


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