Day School: The Architecture of Christopher Wren

Ref: C3744539

As the architecture of the Renaissance in Italy flourished, and led down divergent pathways to the works of Palladio and the Baroque style, we will see how its influence was felt in England in the extraordinary achievements of Christopher Wren, whose work led on to the "English Baroque" of Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor, and Palladianism in the age of the Grand Tour when key figures like Lord Burlington became absorbed by architecture. We will examine how Wren developed his ideas, drawing on Renaissance publications and his visit to Paris in 1665.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To enable course members to investigate the remarkable range of the work of Christopher Wren and see how he developed Renaissance architecture toward the English Baroque.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explore and recognise influential features of Wren's architecture
  • Consider key books on architecture of the period - those produced in Italy and those they inspired in England
  • Discuss how the buildings of Renaissance Italy and seventeenth century Paris inspired the work of Wren

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
  • Presentations with images and colour notes provided for each session

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Useful background reading, but not essential for the appreciation of the course. Christoph Frommel, The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance, Thames and Hudson John Summerson, Architecture in Britain 1530 to 1830, Yale

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Arranging visits to study buildings covered by this course

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Day School: The Architecture of Christopher Wren

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