Focus on: Botticelli

Course Dates: 19/01/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Botticelli created some of the most enduring mythological paintings of the Florentine Renaissance. Trace his painting career and discover the impact of first the Medici, then Savonarola, on his output. Includes gallery visit.


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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Tutor Biographies
Marie-Anne Mancio

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon. She is an accredited Art Society lecturer. Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on Build’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VB680

Sun, day, 19 Jan - 19 Jan '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00

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