The Italian Renaissance 1500 - 1550

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In the years after 1500 art was booming, above all in Rome where the popes called on such great artists as Michelangelo and Raphael to enhance their power. This provided the opportunity for some of the masterpieces of European art to be created. In architecture this included palaces in Rome and above all the rebuilding of St Peters. In painting we have the Sistine chapel and the masterpieces of Raphael and his contemporaries. But art was produced elsewhere in Italy – Leonardo worked in Florence and Milan and in the work of Giorgione Venice began its ascent as a distinctive artistic centre. This course will give you a chance to explore the works of these artists and their contemporaries and develop your skills in art appreciation.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed 26/10/2020 HALF TERM

Course aim

An introduction to the art and architecture of the high renaissance. We consider the achievements of the leading artists, and discover the work of some of the lesser known names.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Summarise the achievement of Michelangelo as a painter and sculptor
  • Describe the importance of papal patronage in Rome
  • Trace some of the developments in architecture in the first half of the sixteenth century
  • Develop an informed appreciation of art and architecture and sculpture in our period

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Italian Renaissance 1500 - 1550

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  • 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 2020
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