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Stories of art

Module two: 1400–1500

Explore European Renaissance painting from 1400 to 1500, including the art of Fra Angelico, van Eyck, and Piero della Francesca.
Date
Various dates
  • Wednesday, 16 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 6 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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: Leonardo da Vinci, 'The Virgin of the Rocks' (detail), about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8 © The National Gallery, London

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 1

Overview
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

What does Renaissance mean?

The 15th century saw new ideas and artistic techniques sweep across Europe. Looking at Italy and Flanders, as well as other European states, we will explore the rise of humanism, the rediscovery of antiquity and consider what the word “Renaissance” really means.

Image: Detail from Carlo Crivelli, 'La Madonna della Rondine (The Madonna of the Swallow)', after 1490

Part 2

Bruges and Florence
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

What did Bruges and Florence have in common?

Linked by trade, these two cities were leading centres of artistic development in the 15th century. In this session, we consider what made them such exciting centres of patronage and production and meet some of their famous artists and artworks.

Image: Detail from Rogier van der Weyden, 'The Magdalen Reading', before 1438

Part 3

Carlo Crivelli
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

Learn how the idea of the individual changed portraiture

As ideas about the importance of the individual began to take root in the early 1400s, new forms of portraiture appeared. In this session, we’ll look at the increasing realism and emotional impact of portraits as well as at depictions of figures from myth, legend and history.

Part 4

The secular and the domestic
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

What can paintings tell us about daily life in the early Renaissance?

This week we look at non-religious works, and works for the home, including painted objects created as furnishings and for household use.

Image: Detail from Carlo Crivelli, 'The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius', 1486

Part 5

Art of court and state
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

What was the relationship between art and power?

As the different states of Italy jockeyed for position on the European stage, art and patronage became important weapons in maintaining the relative importance of duchies, dynasties, republics and kingdoms.

Image: Detail from Paolo Uccello, 'The Battle of San Romano', probably about 1438-40

Part 6

The artist as 'star'
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

What was the impact of 'star' artists such as Leonardo da Vinci?

With his mechanical inventions, anatomical studies, and virtuoso paintings, Leonardo was a remarkable artist. As we bring together what we have learned about the art of the 15th century we will look at the rise of the artist as a 'star performer'.

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

Your tutor

Jo Walton is an art historian. She is a lecturer for The Arts Society, London, specialising in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, as well as aspects of British 20th-century painting. She also works with the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Art Fund in London and local art groups around the UK.

Stories of art

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

Stories of art is ideal for 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.

Courses

Stories of art

Module two: 1400–1500

Explore European Renaissance painting from 1400 to 1500, including the art of Fra Angelico, van Eyck, and Piero della Francesca.
Date
Various dates
  • Wednesday, 16 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019
  • Wednesday, 6 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Time
2 - 4 pm

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Standard: £30
Concessions: £28

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Standard: £150
Concessions: £144

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Stories of art
Module two: 1400–1500

Standard: £30
Concessions: £28