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. Strong trade links with Northern Europe and the East encouraged intellectual curiosity and openness. This course explores the works of the most famous artists of the time, together with other, more unusual examples from smaller centres, and a wide range of three-dimensional art objects that decorated the religious spaces and homes of Renaissance Italians. 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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