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From Donatello to Dürer: Europe 1450-1500

Tuesday 20 April 2021 - Tuesday 6 July 2021

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1450-1500 embraces the lifetimes of some of the greatest and best-loved renaissance artists, making this a golden age. Explore their achievements alongside the V&A’s spectacular collections of sculpture, metalwork, ceramics and textiles.

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Dr Paula Nuttall

Course Director Dr Paula Nuttall

Dr Paula Nuttall is an art historian specialising in the Renaissance and has taught on the V&A Academy's Medieval and Renaissance course since its inception in 1993. She studied at the Courtauld Institute, writing her Ph.D thesis on artistic relations between the Netherlands and Italy, on which she has published widely.

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Course Overview

Beginning with the late work of Donatello (1386-1466) and concluding with early Dürer (1471-1527), you will encounter Botticelli, Mantegna, Bellini, Memling, Leonardo da Vinci and Bosch; and patrons including the Medici in Florence and the Gonzaga in Mantua. You will explore tradition, innovation and the transmission of styles and techniques – from Florence to Northern Italy; the Islamic world to Venice; Flanders to Italy.

While religious life provided the context for much artistic production, growing awareness of classical antiquity encouraged new art forms and subjects. The increasingly wealthy middling class fuelled demand for domestic artworks, including private devotional images, portraits and maiolica, while the invention of printing generated new markets for images and books, and radically transformed the reach of art and ideas.


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Online course: From Donatello to Dürer: Europe 1450-1500

20 April 2021 - 6 July 2021


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