Online course

From Flanders to Florence: Europe 1350-1450

Tuesday 11 January 2022 - Tuesday 29 March 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Explore the transition from Gothic to Renaissance from the innovations of Van Eyck in Flanders to those of early Renaissance Florence, alongside the V&A’s spectacular collections of late medieval textiles and renaissance sculpture.

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

Please keep doing these online lectures as it has enabled me to do the impossible! Attend lectures at the V&A which I otherwise could not get to, with lecturers with astounding expertise and with like minded people. Previous online course student

Course Overview

Gothic reached its apogee at the courts of Bohemia, Burgundy and France around 1400, where princely patrons commissioned artworks of superlative craftsmanship and beauty. Meanwhile an increasingly wealthy urban elite in cities like Bruges and Florence expanded the scope of artistic patronage. New styles and attitudes were also emerging. In Flanders, the Van Eycks achieved unprecedented naturalism in painting, while in Italy the rediscovery of classical antiquity, promoted by humanist studies, contributed to the creation of a new style by Donatello, Ghiberti, Masaccio and Brunelleschi. Concomitantly, traditional art forms such as tapestry and embroidery, manuscripts and metalwork continued to be prized.


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Online course: From Flanders to Florence: Europe 1350-1450

11 January 2022 - 29 March 2022


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