Online course
Age of Perfection: European Art of the High Renaissance

Wednesday 22 September 2021 - Wednesday 8 December 2021

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Explore a remarkable period in European art and architecture. Expert lecturers will bring to life artists of the sixteenth century, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Dürer and Bruegel.

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Dr. Kathy McLauchlan

Course Director Dr. Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan is an art historian specialising in French painting and the academic tradition. She completed an MA in 19th century painting and a PhD on the French Academy in Rome at the Courtauld Institute. Kathy has worked for the Open University, Birkbeck College, the Arts Society and Morley College where she was head of Art & Design.

Enjoyed the online experience very much! I really liked the recorded lectures, so if I had to leave early I could catch up, and re watch lectures if I needed to update my notes. Previous online course student

Course Overview

Discover how the Renaissance, from its beginnings in Italy, came to affect the whole of Europe, with innovations in painting, sculpture and architecture. Vasari, the first modern art historian, recorded the activities of his contemporaries and contributed to their long-term celebrity. Although an admirer of the High Renaissance, he was working in the new and more elaborate court style, known as Mannerism. It was this style that was later taken up in the courts of northern Europe, although the results were very different from those in Italy. The most important new development was printing, and illustrated books and prints by Dürer and his contemporaries made images familiar to a wide audience, as well as providing sources for design and ornament. Printed books and pamphlets would play a central role in spreading new religious ideas during the Reformation period.


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Online course: Age of Perfection: European Art of the High Renaissance

22 September 2021 - 8 December 2021


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