Age of Michelangelo: Arts of 16th Century Europe - Course

Short course

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Join us at V&A South Kensington for a 12 week art history course exploring a remarkable period in European art and architecture. Expert lecturers will bring to life artists of the sixteenth century, including Michelangelo, Titian, Dürer and Holbein.

Discover how the Renaissance, from its beginnings in Italy, came to affect all of Europe, with innovations in painting, sculpture, and architecture. The course will include access to a Microsoft Teams environment where all lecture slides and handouts will be made available to download.

This course features two different ticketing options. Book on this page for entry to all the lectures shown in the programme. However, if you would like to add six complementary gallery talks to your experience, please search for "Age of Michelangelo: Arts of 16th Century Europe - Course and Gallery Talks" on the V&A website to book. 



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Portrait of Course Leader Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Course Leader
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Graduated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute. In 2001 she completed a PhD thesis on French painters in Rome during the 19th century. A lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where she organises courses and study days on the history of art and design.

I signed up for this course as a one-off purely because of my interest in the subject but was so impressed by the lectures that I'll be looking to do further courses in the future. Previous V&A Academy Course Attendee

Course overview

Explore a remarkable period in the history of European culture, with expert lecturers bringing to life the work of 16th-century artists.  
Discover how the Renaissance, from its beginnings in Italy, came to affect the whole of Europe, with innovations in painting, sculpture and architecture. Gifted across all areas of the arts, Michelangelo emerged as a hugely influential figure.  The first modern art historian, Giorgio Vasari, would celebrate his achievements and present him as the ultimate Renaissance artist. Yet even Michelangelo had his competitors - notably Raphael, Titian, Dürer and Holbein – who together would make their age one of the greatest in the history of European art. 
The 16th century was also notable for other, wider developments in the art world.  Perhaps the most important of these was printing, with illustrated books and prints by Dürer and his contemporaries making images familiar to a wide audience. The print would also play a key role in spreading new ideas across Europe. 
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Short course: Age of Michelangelo: Arts of 16th Century Europe - Course

25 September 2024 - 11 December 2024

£500.00

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Header image: Conversion of St. Paul, Print ca. 1520-60 (made), © Victoria and Albert Museum, London