This module aims to present a wider view of the Renaissance and concerns European, and not just Italian, art. Listen to Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou explain this approach.
The module is presented through three books, a DVD-ROM and three DVD-Videos. Each book has its own distinct focus on the how, where and who of Renaissance art. The DVD-ROM is linked particularly to Book 1 through its analysis of how works of art in the Renaissance were actually made. The three DVD-Videos include films that complement and amplify the themes and issues covered in all the books. Each DVD contains new filming commissioned by the OU, film from other providers, and archival film.
Book 1, Making Renaissance Art, includes seven essays on the production of art. Book 2, Locating Renaissance Art, departs radically from the traditional view of Florence as the origin and centre of the Renaissance, though the city serves as a foil for some of the case studies. Book 3, Viewing Renaissance Art, deals with the consumption of Renaissance works of art. This volume focuses on the values, priorities and motives of patrons and the purposes and functions of artworks.
The OpenLearn unit Art in Renaissance Venice considers how Ventian art was determined by the city's geographical location and ethnically diverse population. Studying Venice and its art offers a challenge to the conventional notion of Renaissance art as an entirely Italian phenomenon.
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You can find more details about this module, including a more detailed description of the content, in the Open University’s online prospectus.