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When, where and what was the Italian Renaissance? Explore it through the craft of its masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others and trace its legacy.

Giotto (Scenes from the Life of Christ - Kiss of Judas, 1304-06) Arena Chapel, Padua

What is the course about?

We will chart the course of the Italian Renaissance, beginning with its medieval origins, the works of the early
Renaissance masters and the training and workshop practises. Each week will highlight one of these different
areas along with individual lessons dedicated to the work of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Titian and others.
The course will also venture outside of Florence to look at the Renaissance in Siena, Pisa and Rome. Emphasis will also be put on the media they chose, such as chalk, charcoal, silverpoint and painting methods. This will be achieved by looking at artists’ early careers and influences, including their training and working methods, and the stylistic similarities or differences in their works. Finally, we will look at the lives and works of these great Renaissance masters through the historical and social context in which they worked.

What will we cover?

-the major motivations of these artists
-the chronology of the Italian Renaissance
-different styles of painting and drawing
-Artists’ different styles
-Renaissance influences.