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Stories of art

Module three: 1500–1600

Discover Renaissance paintings by artists including Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.
Date
Various dates
  • Wednesday, 8 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 22 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 5 February 2020
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Time
2 - 4 pm

About

Join National Gallery experts for a lecture-based course using our collection to explore key themes such as faith, artists’ materials, society, and stories in art.

Image: Detail from Titian, 'Bacchus and Ariadne', 1520-3

Special tour option

People enrolling onto the entire module have the option of also purchasing 60-minute Gallery tours of relevant paintings held after each week's session. (4.15–5.15pm).

Places are limited. 

Part one

Introduction: The politics of art in 16th-century Europe
Wednesday, 8 January 2020
Time
2 - 4 pm

We will begin this module by exploring the different forms of government across Europe, and consider powerful families who became great patrons of art.

Image: Detail from Hans Holbein the Younger, 'The Ambassadors', 1533

Part two

Faith
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Time
2 - 4 pm

During the Reformation, vast tracts of Europe destroyed the art it had cherished for centuries. Meanwhile, the rest of Europe continued to put art to use, expressing firmly held beliefs. We shall examine the difference between the ways Protestants and Catholics produced art.

Image: Detail from Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart), 'The Adoration of the Kings', 1510-15

Part three

Rivalry and collaboration
Wednesday, 22 January 2020

The 16th century saw some of the most notorious artistic rivalries - between Michelangelo and Leonardo, for example, or Michelangelo and Raphael. But it was also a time when collaboration thrived, and remarkable ensembles were created by a multitude of artists.

Image: Detail from Sebastiano del Piombo incorporating designs by Michelangelo, 'The Raising of Lazarus', 1517-19

Mythology

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

From the start, the Renaissance was inspired by the Classical past. We will look at mythological imagery from across Europe, but will focus on one of the the greatest collaborations between a patron and an artist - the series of paintings known as the 'Poesie' which Titian created for King Philip II of Spain.

Part five

Portraiture
Wednesday, 5 February 2020

By the 16th century portraiture was well established across the continent as a way of making the absent present, memorialising the deceased, and creating a more-or-less accurate representation of the subject, showing both their appearance, and their character.

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

Part six

Questions of style
Wednesday, 12 February 2020

What exactly do we mean by the terms High Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque? To what extent are these true ‘styles’ or are they really meaningless categories imposed by art historians? Do these words help us to understand the art, or are they merely labels?

Image: Detail from Bronzino, 'An Allegory with Venus and Cupid', about 1545

Stories of art

The full Stories of art course consists of six modules, although each module stands alone. 

Stories of art is ideal anyone looking for an introduction to art history or who wants to consolidate their knowledge of paintings from about 1250 to 1925.

We provide optional exercises for those who are interested in additional study.

Your tutor

Dr Richard Stemp lectures on art history and guides throughout London and across Europe. His London specialities are the National Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Wallace Collection, and Buckingham Palace.

He has written books on the Italian Renaissance and churches and cathedrals, as well as presented two series for Channel 4 TV, 'Art in the National Gallery' and 'Tate Modern'.

Courses

Stories of art

Module three: 1500–1600

Discover Renaissance paintings by artists including Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.
Date
Various dates
  • Wednesday, 8 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 15 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 22 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 29 January 2020
  • Wednesday, 5 February 2020
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Time
2 - 4 pm

Tickets

Attend individual session

Standard: £30
Concessions: £28

Attend all 6 sessions

Standard: £150
Concessions: £144

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Stories of art
Module three: 1500–1600

Standard: £30
Concessions: £28