What is the course about?
Botticelli created some of the most enduring mythological paintings of the Florentine Renaissance including ‘The Birth of Venus’ and ‘La Primavera’, but he was also known for his religious works. Trace his painting career and techniques; and discover the impact of the society in which he lived – the humanist Florence of first the Medici, then the religious fervour of the Dominican monk Savonarola.
Includes gallery visit.
What will we cover?
- The context of Botticelli’s Florence – society and politics, patrons etc.
- Botticelli’s influences, processes, techniques, development
- Close readings of several key works including 'La Primavera', 'The Birth of Venus', and religious paintings.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the socio-political and art historical context of the early Florentine Renaissance
- Be able to talk with greater confidence about Botticelli’s works and practice
- Recognise key works by Botticelli and be able to decode them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with slide presentation, group and individual discussion, and a guided gallery visit.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the galleries that we will visit so you may have to stand and to walk between artworks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
VB616 - Movements in Art: The Florentine Renaissance
VB620 - Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci
VB615 - Symbols and Stories: Saints in Art
VB612 - Think like an artist: In 16th century Venice.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details