The Art and Architecture of the Romanesque

Ref: C3744177

On this course, we shall study the extensive programmes of art in buildings as diverse as St Mary Magdalen at Vezelay, San Marco in Venice, Trani Cathedral, and Krak des Chevaliers. Nor shall we forget Britain's own great Romanesque heritage in buildings as diverse as the White Tower of London, Durham Cathedral, and Kilpeck church. We shall study not only the architecture however, but also the paintings, the altarpieces, the fine metal working, the reliquaries, the embroideries, and in particular the extraordinary sculptures to be found in buildings large and small, secular and religious.

Course aim

This course will study the art and architecture from the 11th - 14th centuries across Europe in the age of the Crusades, of pilgrimage, and of the rising mercantile communes when new styles emerged to express these social and economic changes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise and give examples of the wide diversity of Romanesque art and architecture
  • Identify some of the techniques employed by craftsmen in the 12C and 13C
  • Evaluate the achievements of individual artists such as Gislebertus at Autun
  • Analyze the motives of the patrons who spent extraordinary sums on these works of 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

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Most students like to bring their own notebook although a detailed weekly handout is provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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The Art and Architecture of the Romanesque

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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