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Nov 4 - Dec 2
10:30 - 12:30
The Allure of Rome
Short courses

5 weeks:  4, 11, 18, 25 November; 2 December 

Monday: 10.30-12.30

Course code: 19TON398

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Focusing on the period from around the early fifteenth-century to the middle of the seventeenth-century, this course will examine how the social, religious and political history of the city of Rome impacted directly on the artists who worked there. By exploring the work of specific artists, we will discuss themes such as patronage and the huge influence of the classical past of the city on their creative production. 

Week 1. Return of the papacy from Avignon: rebuilding the fabric and status of the city.

Week 2. The Sistine Chapel: Tuscans and Umbrians in the Vatican. 

Week 3. Powerful patrons: Raphael at the court of Julius II.

Week 4. The Power of the Antique: Michelangelo in Rome. 

Week 5. Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the Baroque in Rome.

Additional information 

The course allows you to spend some time exploring a subject for interest, among like-minded people, without formal assessment. 

Whilst previous knowledge of art history is useful it is not essential. 

Sessions will consist of tutor presentations, which will provide key background information and structure, alongside group discussion and debate. Students will be given ample opportunity to offer their own perspective and express their views about the art works in focus.  

Links to further material and information about the artists will be available after each session to those class members who would like to pursue further independent research.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should: 

be aware of the social, religious and political history of Rome during the period c.1450 – c.1650.

appreciate how issues such as patronage and Rome's classical past influenced the work of specific artists during this period. 

be able to discuss a range of issues and debates associated with the art in focus, using appropriate language and terminology.

About the tutor

Jill Denman has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Durham, and a Postgraduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute. She taught A Level History of Art for a number of years, and has been an A Level examiner. More recently, she has taught predominantly in the adult education sector, working for a wide range of institutions. Jill's experience working at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings and the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne has offered unique access to the gallery collections, and the cooperation of the curators and other gallery experts, inspiring her specialism in 20th century British art. During the past academic year, Jill has studied for an MA in the History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent, the second term of which was spent in Rome, focusing principally on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.


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