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Art and Culture in Renaissance Florence

Art and Culture in Renaissance Florence


Art and Culture in Renaissance Florence


Florence is the most marked example of Renaissance cities in Italy. Originally founded by the Romans, Florence saw itself as the ideal city state and in the ffteenth century was one of the most vibrant and innovative artistic and cultural centres in Italy and Europe.

This course ofers an in-depth exploration of the spectacular achievements of Florentine Renaissance artists from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. For the analysis of the Early Renaissance, special emphasis is placed on such fgures as Giotto, Ghiberti, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Fra Angelico. Moving on to the High Renaissance in the second part of the course, the works of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, the young Raphael and Giorgio Vasari are considered in the light of the Medici family political rule and artistic patronage.

Over eight weeks this course will explore and analyse the individual styles of the great Florentine artists, relate their work to the social, religious, philosophical, political and cultural contexts of the time, and chart the evolution of Florentine society from the times of the Commune through the early Quattrocento, and onward still to the rule of the Medici Princes. Lectures will address crucial scientifc and technical advances such as mathematical perspective, anatomical studies and new drawing techniques, as well as the imitation of ancient art and new approaches to visual narrative. The course will be complimented by a visit to the Scottish National Gallery.


Semester 1: Wednesdays,  10:00pm - 12:00 noon, commencing 11th October 2017


Fees are payable at standard or concession rates


VENUE: Byre Theatre, Conference Room

Open Association - Short Courses 

Semester 1

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