Year course
Late Medieval to Early Renaissance: 1250-1500

Tuesday 24 September 2019 - Tuesday 7 July 2020

  • Tuesday 24 September 2019 - Tuesday 7 July 2020

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

From High Gothic to Renaissance, explore the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change. Studying topics including illuminated manuscripts, gothic cathedrals and portraiture, you will encounter masters such as Giotto, Van Eyck and Botticelli. Exploring the V&A’s acclaimed Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, you will gain insights into the historical context, techniques and artistic patronage that define this period.

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Dr Paula Nuttall

Course Director Dr Paula Nuttall

Dr Paula Nuttall, art historian specialising in Renaissance Italy and the Netherlands; lecturer for the Arts Society and Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld.

The breadth and depth of the knowledge of the speakers was phenomenal. 2018/19 Course Student

Full year tickets now on sale. Term tickets will be available twelve weeks before course start and Day tickets will be available four weeks before course start.

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available • Certificate Option available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 24 September – 10 December 2019

1250 – 1350

The era 1250 – 1350 was dominated by religious life, shaping the form and function of art. It also saw social change, with towns emerging as centres of patronage, and a dawning interest in Antiquity. The courtly gothic style spread from Paris across Europe. In Italy Giotto evolved a new, realistic visual language.

Term 2

12 weeks, 7 January – 24 March 2020

1350 – 1450

While in 1350 – 1450 gothic reached its apogee, new artistic ideas emerged. North and south, artists explored naturalistic representation, notably Van Eyck in Flanders and Donatello and Masaccio in Florence. In Italy, the classically inspired ideas of the Renaissance flowered, influencing style across the visual arts.

Term 3

12 weeks, 21 April – 7 July 2020

1450 – 1500

Between 1450-1500 Florentine innovations spread to northern Italy and Venice, while Netherlandish influence spread across Europe. Antiquity inspired new art forms and subjects, including Botticelli’s mythologies for the Medici family, while new technologies, notably printmaking, impacted consumption and production.

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Year course: Late Medieval to Early Renaissance: 1250-1500

24 September 2019 - 7 July 2020

£640.00 - £1,992.00

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)