Hieronymus Bosch - The Temptation of St Anthony

Ref: C2227891

Hieronymus Bosch was painting over 500 years ago, but his paintings have lost nothing of their enigmatic strangeness. "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" triptych is one of his most important, exciting and perplexing works. With leading examples from some of Bosch's earlier and simpler works we shall explore the invitations it offered to viewers in its own time.

Course aim

To promote understanding and enjoyment of the work of a great but often misunderstood artist, through a close engagement with an important example of his work, and through relating this work to the values and perspectives of its own time.

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 is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • You will not need experience in the exploration of paintings, but you will need to be interested in this.

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

  • recognise a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, both through its subject matter and through the way it is painted
  • recognise of the kind of emotional response the artist was inviting, and the means towards this
  • give an account of how the painting/s relate to the climate and values of their age, the northern renaissance in the Netherlands.
  • understands how to take relaxed pleasure in a great art work.

How will I be taught?

  • You will be invited to participate in discussion of key matters concerning the interpretation of a painting.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will recognise your own progress through your increased understanding of the subject

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
  • 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
  • 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 https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Hieronymus Bosch - The Temptation of St Anthony

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