Florence, Italy

The Great Masters of the Italian Renaissance

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 750

The names of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio are associated with some of the most original, appealing and amazing achievements in the visual arts. Each year the works of these famous Italian artists attract millions of visitors to museums and cities in Italy. What drove these versatile artists to reach the pinnacle of perfection and what is it that makes their works so special and appealing even to a modern audience?

To answer these questions this course will take the student back to the period of the Italian Renaissance focusing attention not only on the original context for which the works of art by these masters were made but also on the works of art by their peers with whom they often competed. Both the relationship between patron and artist, as well as the special characteristics of the individual artworks (technique, style, visual and literary sources) and the artist’s or architect’s working methods will be analyzed against the background of the then current views on the visual arts and the guiding principles of the Italian Renaissance as a cultural movement.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials

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