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Florentine artists and innovators: Masaccio and Pontormo compared - online - Morley College, London

Florentine artists and innovators: Masaccio and Pontormo compared - online - Morley College, London

About the Course

Masaccio and Pontormo were two artists working in Florence between 15th-16th centuries, with remarkably different styles and aesthetics. When we generally associate Florence as a homogenous Renaissance centre, how is it that two artists could produce such brave and innovative work?

This short summer course will investigate how Florence did not just revive the classical model, but looked forward and embraced the strange, curious and unexpected as well.

Class format and activities
During the two hours, offered online through ‘Teams’ or "Zoom" you will be introduced to the lives and work of Masaccio and Pontormo by watching a PwerPoint lecture by your tutor. Questions will be encouraged. Following a short break for home refreshment, your tutor will lead you in a group discussion while comparing images of their work. Materials will be shared by email.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements
No previous knowledge of Japanese history or art history is necessary.

What you need to know before you enrol
This is an online course, offered during COVID-19 restrictions. Teaching materials will be delivered via email and an online system: "Teams" or "Zoom". Instructions and support will be sent out 5 days before the course start date by your tutor via email. (For Teams you will need to access your Morley Microsoft 365 account with your Morley College email and password. For Zoom you will need to download the app and follow a link sent to you by email).

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

By the end of the course you will be able to
• Identify the appearance and style of the work of both Masaccio and Pontormo
• Consider the work of both artists in relation to the styles we associate with them – Renaissance and Mannerism
• Consider the stylistic and/or aesthetic connections in their art
• Analyse a selection of paintings by these artists and see the function of close-reading of images by two artists together.

What you will need

You will need access to the internet and a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or iPad) that allows you to view images in a good size and quality. Your device will have a (built-in) microphone so you can join in discussions, and ideally have a camera so we can see each other in class. You will find it helpful to bring a paper and pen for making notes. You may also want to upload materials and links to share with your class.


Pedro Diego at Morley College London

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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