Short course
Michelangelo and Mannerism

Friday 27 September 2019 - Friday 6 December 2019

  • Friday 27 September 2019 - Friday 6 December 2019

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £380.00 - £472.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

This course will examine the towering example of Michelangelo Buonarroti and his influence on the art of the 16th century. Learn how the Italian artist inspired and provoked terror, awe, and a sense of the sublime through his works of art. Looking at examples of paintings, sculpture and architecture, you will investigate Michelangelo as the archetypal Renaissance man.

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Kevin Childs

Independent lecturer and writer Kevin Childs

Kevin Childs is a freelance writer and lecturer on culture and the arts in the United Kingdom and Italy, where he leads specialised tours of Rome, Venice and Florence. He also blogs regularly for Huffington Post and Gay Star News and has published articles and reviews in The New Statesman and The Times, amongst other publications.

V&A Short Courses have excellent lecturers, great research and brought subjects to life. I love the stories about the artists, so we felt we knew them as real people. 2018/2019 Short Course Student

Course Overview

When Michelangelo Buonarroti died in 1564 he was celebrated with a state funeral in his home town of Florence and mourned by Popes, kings and fellow artists alike. He was the towering artistic genius of the late Renaissance. But how were artists to respond to his example? For generations his paintings and sculptures had influenced the way artists thought and practiced, from Rosso Fiorentino and Pontormo, to Raphael, Vasari and Giambologna. Even north of the Alps artists such as those of the School of Fontainbleau and Bartholomeus Spranger were inspired by his work, available in the form of prints from early in the 16th century.

This course will explore the great artworks by Michelangelo in the context of the artistic world he inhabited, a world he helped to create. It will consider the development of Mannerism, the strange, beautiful, often wild art of the first half of the 16th century in Italy as an answer to the explosion of creativity he proposed and an antidote to his quasi-inimitability.


This course has a Half Term break on 25 October • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Michelangelo and Mannerism

27 September 2019 - 6 December 2019

£380.00 - £472.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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