Arts of Late Medieval Europe: 1250 to 1350

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Explore late medieval art in 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…

You can learn from our world-class experts wherever you are, whenever suits you: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time. You can experience the full breadth and depth of the V&A's collections with more than 40 hours of study over 12 weeks. Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials, lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials are available in our secure Microsoft Teams environment for up to 12 weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a thing. And finally, join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time. 

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Portrait of Course Leader Dr Sally Dormer

Course Leader
Dr Sally Dormer

Dr Sally Dormer is a specialist medieval art historian with an M.A. in Medieval Art History and Ph.D. on Medieval illuminated manuscripts from the Courtauld Institute, London University. Sally teaches, or has taught, for the Art Fund, the Arts Society, Art Pursuits, London Art History Society, Swan Hellenic, and Gresham College.

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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. 
Exploring this period of European art you will encounter the first great names to emerge in art history, including Giovanni Pisano, Duccio and Giotto, 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.

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Online course: Arts of Late Medieval Europe: 1250 to 1350

24 September 2024 - 10 December 2024


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Header image: A Lady Crowning her Lover, Mirror Case ca. 1300 (made) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London