Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

Course Dates: 02/03/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Megalomaniac monarchs and the artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’? The history of art patronage is a long and fascinating one. Explore the paintings, porcelain, palaces and personalities that make up this history.


What is the course about?

The history of patronage is a long and fascinating one, responsible for some of the most exquisite paintings, artefacts and decadent building projects. Discover some of the key patrons from the Renaissance through to the middle of the seventeenth century and learn how they set about building up their collections and/or affirming their power.

We will be looking at Isabella d'Este (1474–1539), one of few women to create a studiolo; Philip II of Spain (r. 1556–98), his paintings collection, jewels, musical instruments, medals, and tapestries and the building and decoration of the Royal monastery El Escorial; Marie de Medici, Queen and Regent of France (1600–1610, 1610–1617) who commissioned Rubens' famous series of scenes of her life for the Palais du Luxembourg; Philip IV of Spain (r. 1621–1665) and his unique relationship with his court painter Velázquez; and Charles I of England (r. 1625–1649) who amassed one of the finest royal art collections in Europe.

What will we cover?

- Key art patrons and their collections from the Renaissance to the mid 17th century
- The relationship between patrons and artists
- Patrons’ use of art to reinforce their status.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify key art patrons from the Renaissance to the mid 17th century and identify at least two items from their collections
- Describe the relationship between at least two patrons and their artists
- Participate in discussions about the use of art to reinforce their status.

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 lectures, slides, and discussions.

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:
VB438 - Arts of the empire-builders: Timurids, Safavids and Mughals
VB464 - In depth: early Renaissance
VB815 - In depth: late Renaissance.

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See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Julie Barlow

Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery working on all areas of the Education Programme and also for the first ten years at the National Gallery and in the last decade at the Wallace Collection.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VB492

Mon, day, 02 Mar - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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