"The Later Sixteenth Century in Italy"

Autumn term 2014
Mondays from 29th September to 8th Dec
(No class on 20th Oct)

In about 1520 art connoisseurs believed that the arts had achieved everything they had set out to do: linear perspective had been mastered; beauty and harmony in the classical tradition had been attained. The younger generation of Renaissance artists adopted a restless stance because there were no challenges left for them to solve. Instead, they began to “break the rules” and in the place of harmony came distortion and deliberate exaggeration.

Alice Foster examines the reasons why the art and the architecture of this period seemed to turn its back on classical beauty.

This class now full.

Pordenone, Crucifixion, 1521, Cremona Cathedral
Michelangelo, Last Judgement, 1541, Sistine Chapel

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