The Portrait: From Classical Antiquity to the 21st Century

Ref: C3744587

This course examines the development and changing role of European portraiture – and of self-portraits – from classical times to the 21st century. Likeness, role-play and symbolism will be discussed in works by artists as diverse as Holbein, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Van Gogh and Klimt.

Course aim

to introduce the learners to the art of the portrait through close examination of selected images by great European masters – the examination of the self-portrait and its role in the work of the artist will form part of the course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • explain two functions of the portrait and the self-portrait
  • discuss some of the portraits shown during the course in a critical manner
  • list two main features of 18th century English portraiture

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?

  • Undertake further courses on the topic, focussing on a specific periods/areas. Visit art galleries to examine some portraits closely.

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The Portrait: From Classical Antiquity to the 21st Century

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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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