Online course

Renaissance Portraits

Thursday 13 January 2022 - Thursday 17 February 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Explore the evolution of portraiture, its production, and its multiple meanings, looking at examples from Italy and northern Europe, in diverse forms, media and contexts, including case studies of masterpieces by Jan van Eyck, Holbein and Titian.

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Dr Paula Nuttall

Course Leader 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. Guest speakers: Dr Catherine Reynolds, Christie’s Manuscript Consultant, Dr Geoff Nuttall, Independent Scholar

I can't tell you how thankful I am that the V&A took the decision to take these courses online - I would never have been able to access the course in person, even without a pandemic. Previous Online Course Participant

Course Overview

As images of individuals, portraits possess a unique fascination; in the words of Albrecht Dürer, ‘a portrait enables a man to live after his death’. The renaissance saw an explosion in portraiture, brought about by new ideas about posterity, commemoration and the self, by developments in naturalistic representation, and burgeoning consumer demand. We shall explore the evolution of portraiture, its production, its functions, contexts and many-faceted meanings, through a wide range of examples from Italy and northern Europe in a variety of media, including case studies of masterpieces by Jan van Eyck, Holbein and Titian.


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Online course: Renaissance Portraits

13 January 2022 - 17 February 2022


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