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City by city

Learn about key cities of the Italian Renaissance through paintings from our collection and beyond, with Jo Walton
Date
  • Monday, 15 March 2021
  • Monday, 22 March 2021
  • Monday, 29 March 2021
  • Monday, 12 April 2021
  • Monday, 19 April 2021
  • Monday, 26 April 2021
Time
3 - 5 pm GMT
Available online only

About

Jo Walton explores the art of Italy's Renaissance cities in this course of six introductory talks. 

Each session lasts for 2 hours, with a 10-minute break at the mid-point. There will be time for questions. 

An optional non-assessed homework is offered on a weekly basis. This typically involves looking closely at a painting to reflect on set questions.

Image: Leonardo da Vinci, 'The Virgin of the Rocks' (detail), about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8 © The National Gallery, London

Week 1: Beginnings in Florence

Date
Monday, 15 March 2021

Discover the art of Florence, the city where the Italian Renaissance began, and where it flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries due to artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

Image: Sandro Botticelli, 'Venus and Mars' (detail), about 1485 © The National Gallery, London

Week 2: Venice: Gateway to the East

Date
Monday, 22 March 2021

During its heyday, Venice was one of the most powerful city states in Europe, controlling the trade routes between East and West. Discover how the vast wealth of the city and the countries it traded with, made its mark on the art and architecture of the city.

Image: Detail from Giovanni Bellini, 'Doge Leonardo Loredan', about 1501-2

Week 3: The art of Rome

Date
Monday, 29 March 2021

During the period of the Renaissance, more than 20 Popes ruled Rome, lavishing the city with art and architecture. From Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, to the Sack of Rome in 1527, discover the story of art in the Papal State.

Image: Detail from Raphael, 'Portrait of Pope Julius II', 1511

Week 4: Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

Date
Monday, 12 April 2021

Milan was ruled by the Sforza family, who commissioned Leonardo da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance man, as the city’s engineer. Learn about 'The Last Supper' as well as many of his other contributions to the city.

Image: Leonardo da Vinci, 'The Virgin of the Rocks' (detail), about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8 © The National Gallery, London

Week 5: Classical painting in Urbino

Date
Monday, 19 April 2021

The town of Urbino was ruled by Federico da Montefeltro, a military expert who commissioned classically inspired painting and the Renaissance style Palazzo Ducale. Discover the art of Piero della Francesca and others.

Image: Detail from Piero della Francesca, 'The Baptism of Christ', after 1437

Week 6: Mantua: Host to Renaissance greats

Date
Monday, 26 April 2021

Mantua was ruled by the Gonzaga family, who employed some of the most celebrated Renaissance artists of the day, such as the painter, Andrea Mantegna, and the architect, Leon Battista Alberti, to create classically inspired works for the city.

Image: Detail from Andrea Mantegna, 'The Agony in the Garden', about 1455-6

Your tutor

Jo Walton has been lecturing for The Arts Society for over fifteen years, specialising in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, as well as aspects of British 20th-century painting. She has also worked extensively with The Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Art Fund and local art groups around the UK. She was a guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern for over a decade.

Format

Each session lasts for 2 hours and includes a lecture delivered by course lecturer Jo Walton, followed by a short break and further discussion.  

Time will be allowed for questions and discussion via Q&A. 

Handouts are supplied on Sundays. 

Watch again

Can't make Monday afternoons but don't want to miss out? No problem, you can watch again.

'City by city' sessions are recorded and made available to you for one week.

A video of the week's lecture will be uploaded on Wednesdays. You will be able to find the video by checking back to the page where you accessed your handouts for the week's session. Just be sure to watch it by the following Wednesday lunchtime, as it will be taken down on Wednesday afternoons.

Booking information

This is an online ticketed course, hosted on Zoom. Please book a ticket for the six-week course.  

Once you have booked your ticket for the module, you will receive a confirmation email, with your Zoom link. It will also be resent to you each Sunday, along with your handouts.

Your link will be valid for the duration of the module.

Booking after the course has started

You are welcome to join the course at any point during its six-week run. However, please note that you will only be able to see the recording from the previous session, as these are taken offline after one week. 

City by city

Learn about key cities of the Italian Renaissance through paintings from our collection and beyond, with Jo Walton
Date
  • Monday, 15 March 2021
  • Monday, 22 March 2021
  • Monday, 29 March 2021
  • Monday, 12 April 2021
  • Monday, 19 April 2021
  • Monday, 26 April 2021
Time
3 - 5 pm GMT
Available online only

Tickets

Standard: £75
Concessions: £70

Concessions are for full-time students, jobseekers, and disabled adults.