Royal Portraits, Monarchy in the 21st century, Art History from 1400 to the pres

Ref: C2227137

The course will cover the beginnings of modern royal portraiture and the Westminster Abbey effigies; portraits from the court of Burgundy and its influence in England;the rise of the International Portrait Painter, with Michiel Sittow, Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, Titian and Antonio Moro; the High Renaissance and the importance of patronage and the changing status of the artist; the age of the Court Painters, such as Van Dyck, Velasquez, Sir Peter Lely, Sir Godfrey Kneller, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Gainsborough, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Goya; the importance of Winterhalter in the state portrait and the makeover; von Angeli, Philip de Laszlo, and John Singer Sergeant; modern portrait photography since 1840, and what painting and photography have done to each other; the iconography of Elizabeth II, both in traditional painting and photography; Beaton, Karsh and Annie Liebovitz; Princess Dianna and the photographers.

Additional information about this course

Half Term 20/02/20

Course aim

Tracing the development of the royal portrait since 1400; examining the techniques, skills and agendas of the artists and the sitters involved; and illustrating by a number of royal portraits extant, lost, and restored, their importance.

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:

  • Describe the nature of royal portraits
  • Explain the whereabouts of royal portraits for present and future study
  • Explore the present and future developments in royal portraits in the light of what has been learned in the present course
  • Discuss the purpose of the royal portrait, both in the past, and in the present, and how this has changed

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
  • A Book box will be supplied and the tutor will bring in handouts, which may result in class discussions monitored by the tutor. Students will be encouraged to bring in artefacts and share experiences with other members of the class.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • Nothing else is needed
  • A notebook or sketchpad is recommended for students.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas:
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • A book box will be supplied and handouts will be given by the tutor.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Students may consider short or longer courses at a nearby college or the University of East Anglia (History of Art and Museology) or the University of the Arts in Norwich.

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Royal Portraits, Monarchy in the 21st century, Art History from 1400 to the pres

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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