From Bellini and Botticelli to tapestry and tableware, the material culture of the Italian Renaissance continues to fascinate us to this day. This course is an opportunity to explore a wide variety of art forms and to discover more about the cultural, social and historical background that made this period so unique.
The Italian Renaissance gave us some of the most popular and powerful works of art ever created. It witnessed the discovery of mathematical perspective, the refinement of different media such as oil painting and fresco, and the development of secular and classical themes, as well as religious subjects. It experienced a varied and invigorating cultural life that included the flourishing of humanism and a renewed interest in the antique world, but also strong trade links and diplomatic relationships with Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Rather than focusing on the art of Michelangelo and Raphael, this course will introduce you to a wide range of three-dimensional art objects that decorated the religious spaces and homes of Renaissance Italians and explore the works of earlier artists who shaped the culture we now know as the Italian Renaissance. The course is for anyone interested in the art, history and culture of a period that continues to influence and inspire us today.
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