The Renaissance Church

Course details


Thu 24 Jan 2019 - Thu 28 Feb 2019

The Renaissance Church


Creating church architecture at the rebirth of classical form and proportion in the fifteenth century meant throwing off the dominance of Gothic as the standard ecclesiastical style. To trace the development of these churches within Italy, and then beyond, we will focus on the outstanding architects who produced these new designs.

Beginning with Filippo Brunelleschi’s work in Florence on churches including Santo Spirito, we will compare his ideas with those of Leon Battista Alberti, to be seen in his church of Sant’Andrea in Mantua.  In Venice we will look at churches including Pietro Lombardo’s Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and in Milan at the work of Donato Bramante.

In the sixteenth century we see church architecture of the High Renaissance style leading on to Giacomo Vignola’s church of Il Gesù in Rome, and the fascinating building history of the new St Peter’s. In Venice Andrea Palladio crowned his career with the design of churches, including San Giorgio Maggiore.

Beyond Italy, Renaissance principles were applied in the domed churches of Paris including Jacques Lemercier’s church of the Sorbonne, and in Diego de Siloe’s cathedral in Granada and Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s.

Programme details


11.00am – 12.30pm

Coffee/tea is provided in the Common Room before each lecture, from 10.30am

10.30am Registration (first week only 24 January in Rewley House Reception)


24 January 2019

Early Renaissance – Florence and Mantua

31 January 2019

Early Renaissance – Venice, Urbino and Milan

7 February 2019

High Renaissance – Rome

14 February 2019

The Building of New St Peter’s

21 February 2019

Palladio in Venice

28 February 2019

Beyond Italy – Paris and London St Paul’s


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £112.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Mr Keith Hasted


Keith's initial research focus was Italian Renaissance palace architecture, and he has since developed a special interest in church architecture, both medieval and Renaissance, based on travel across Europe. He has taught courses over a number of years on the OUDCE weekly programme and Summer School, and for the WEA.


Dr Paul Barnwell

Director of Studies

Dr Paul Barnwell is Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and Co-Director of Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment at OUDCE.