Art and Architecture along the Via Emilia

Ref: C3744275

Built by the Romans in 187 B.C., the Via Emilia has played a major part in the development of the many civilizations that have flourished along its length for more than two millennia, and this exciting and far reaching course will explore the rich diversity of this artistic legacy. Among its highlights will be Etruscan decline and the rise of Rome, the Byzantine glories of Ravenna, the Renaissance splendours of courts such as Rimini and Mantua, and the Baroque wonders of Parma and Bologna. The course ends with the Risorgimento and the part played by Northern Italy in the art and architecture of the modern age. This is a rare chance to study the artistic heritage of this culturally rich, but perhaps lesser known, area of Italy.

Course aim

Along the Via Emilia have passed Romans and Lombards, Medieval pilgrims and Renaissance princes, saints and soldiers. In this innovative course we trace the part played by this mighty highway in the development of the arts in Northern Italy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • recognize the major centres of art and architecture across North East Italy
  • assess the contribution made to the cultural heritage of the North East by a wide variety of patrons.
  • evaluate the contribution made by the northern centres to the rich cultural history of Italy.
  • analyze the works of a variety of great masters who each made their own contribution here.

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?

  • A series of detailed handouts are provided throughout the day but students often wish to bring their own notebooks to record their own impressions.

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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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Art and Architecture along the Via Emilia

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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