Short course
Courts of Renaissance Italy

Wednesday 16 January 2019 - Wednesday 27 March 2019

  • Wednesday 16 January 2019 - Wednesday 27 March 2019

  • Seminar Room 5

  • Course price £380.00 - £472.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

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Discover some of the most outstanding artworks of the Renaissance, produced by the princely courts of Italy. Made to showcase a ruler’s magnificence, court art was distinctive, splendid and costly, but it was also often intended for private pleasure. You will learn how in dynasties such as the Montefeltro at Urbino, the Gonzaga at Mantua and the Este at Ferrara, princely propaganda meshed with personal tastes to produce distinctive court styles that privileged invention, erudition and beauty alongside material value and quality craftsmanship.

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Course Leaders Dr Paula Nuttall, V&A Year Course Director and Dr Geoff Nuttall, Associate Lecturer, Courtauld Institute

Short courses at the V&A have exceeded my expectations. I have been absolutely delighted with them, and hope to carry on with other courses on offer at the V&A. 2015/2016 Short Course Student

Course Overview

This course will explore the Italian courts – Milan, Naples, Mantua, Ferrara, Urbino, Rimini and Florence – looking at projects large and small, from palaces and private studies to mausoleums and portrait medals. You will gain rich historical context to masterpieces by artists such as Piero della Francesca, Mantegna and Leonardo da Vinci. You will also discover less familiar artefacts, such as intarsia panelling, silk textiles and maiolica, some of which, splendidly represented in the V&A’s collection, will form the focus of gallery talks.


Further information

• This course has a Half Term break on 20 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Courts of Renaissance Italy

16 January 2019 - 27 March 2019

£380.00 - £472.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)