An Introduction to Medieval Art

Ref: C3744425

Great riches in painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscripts and glass were produced in Europe between 1150 and 1350. Patronage was provided by church and court, often centring on objects and artifacts made for devotional purposes and displaying great delicacy and skill of manufacture. The use of gold, precious stones and intricate carving resulted in the treasures to be found, for example, in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries of the V&A. There will be a visit to the V&A as part of the course if the students agree.

Course aim

The course will provide an introduction to artistic masterpieces created in Western Europe from the 12th to the 14th century with a view to understanding their style, content and function.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss some of the works examined during the course in a critical manner
  • List two reasons for the flowering of the Medieval art
  • List two main features of either painting or sculpture or architecture of the period

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • undertake further independent research on any of the topics studied during the course

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An Introduction to Medieval Art


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