From Paris to Pisa: Europe 1250-1350

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Explore the artistic crosscurrents of a rapidly changing Europe from its soaring gothic cathedrals and their glowing stained glass to intricate ivories, enamels and manuscripts, alongside the robustly realistic paintings of Giotto.

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Course Director
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, writing her PhD on artistic relations between the Netherlands and Italy, on which she has published widely.

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Course overview

Emerging in Paris, the cultural capital of Europe in this period, gothic style – seen across the arts, from great cathedrals to tiny ivories – dominated European art, spreading north to England and south to Italy. Concomitantly in Italy, artists in centres like Pisa, increasingly inspired by classical Antiquity and naturalism, developed newly realistic styles, which in turn spread to northern Europe.
You will encounter the first great names to emerge in art history, including Giotto, Duccio and Giovanni Pisano, alongside churches and secular buildings, and objects in a range of media, such as illuminated manuscripts, reliquaries and embroidered textiles, that exemplify the richness and material diversity of late medieval art.
Working closely with Paula on this course is V&A Course Director and medieval specialist Dr Sally Dormer. Other lecturers include Dr John Renner, Associate Lecturer, The Courtauld; Dr Alessandro Scafi, Senior Lecturer, the Warburg Institute; Dr Anna Eavis, Curatorial Director, English Heritage; and Dr Zoe Opacic, Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck


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Online course: From Paris to Pisa: Europe 1250-1350

21 September 2021 - 7 December 2021


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