Art History: Tudor Spin Machine

Ref: C2422719

This course will use the images of the day to discuss the turbulent era of the Tudors. Bluff King Hal or Monster and Tyrant? Good Queen Bess – Virgin Queen or Gloriana? How were they seen at the time? Look at the images they showed to their people and you decide. It will cover both Henry and Elizabeth in most detail as their reigns were longest and very momentous, leaving a huge mark on both our history and the way we regard both it and our world today. The reigns of Edward and Mary were notable for the religious u-turns, but due to their shortness there is a scarcity of imagery.

Course aim

Spin is not the province of modern politicians and image makers. The Tudors, particularly Henry V111 and Elizabeth, were immensely conscious of their historical status. We study the paintings and images they have left us to reflect their reigns.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Evaluate the impact of the images discussed upon others both then and later
  • Relate the impact of the social context to the artists' work.
  • Understand how artists achieve the effects credited to their work and their influence on other artist
  • Use new skills to selectively view items in galleries.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Relevant reading is encouraged

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art History: Tudor Spin Machine

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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