Art and Architecture of Cities - Florence and Siena

Ref: C3530559

The course will look at the origins and development of art and architecture in Florence and Siena, exploring the impact of the Etruscan, Ancient Roman and Early Christian art. The development of Medieval art, in the work of Giotto in Florence and Duccio in Siena, together with their followers, will be examined in detail. The origins and development of the Early Renaissance in Florence will focus on artists such as Cimabue, Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Ghiberti and Botticelli, together with the architecture of Brunelleschi and Alberti. The impact of the rise of the Medici will also examined in relation to the patronage of both art and architecture. The important presence of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael in Florence, particularly at the beginning of the 16th century, will be explored in the development of the High Renaissance. The final section will look at the art and architecture in Florence following the restoration of the Medici as the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.

Course aim

This course will give an overview of the art and architecture of Florence and Siena, concentrating mainly on the period from 1250-1600, which could be used as a guide when visiting them.

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 impact of Etruscan, Ancient Roman and Early Christian art on the art and architecture of Florence and Siena.
  • Understand the origins and characteristics of the Early and High Renaissance in both art and architecture
  • Understand how the socio-political structures and religious beliefs affected the art and and architecture of both cities.
  • Understand how the development of new techniques and processes affected the art and architecture, particularly in Florence.

How will I be taught?

  • Each session will consist of a slideshow, supported by handouts, 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 and Architecture of Cities - Florence and Siena

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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