By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- Describe the difference between the humanism of the Renaissance and the more religious perspective of the medieval period, and why this difference led to a revolution in artistic style
- Explain how the rise of republics in Italy and the nearly independent republican cities of the Hanseatic league affected the material culture of Western Europe and the production of art
- Discuss the differences between the Southern and Northern Renaissance
- Discuss why Russia did not have a Renaissance
Your online learning will include the following methods:
- Participation in written discussions with other students
- Participation in videoconference seminars
- Suggested and optional further readings and references
For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.
Week 1: From Gothic to Early Renaissance in Italy, 1300-1450
Gothic art, the art of the high-middle ages, mirrored the intellectual tradition of scholasticism in that it was a mixture of humanist and anti-humanist religious elements. In the course of the 14th and early 15th centuries, the anti-humanist elements of Gothic art were abandoned and the style of the Renaissance was born.
Week 2: The High Renaissance in Italy, 1450-1550
Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and the painters, sculptors and architects who surrounded them brought the humanism of the Renaissance to a heroic pitch of expression. We look at their achievement.
Week 3: The Renaissance in Northern Europe 1500-1600
France, the Netherlands, Germany and Northern countries still medieval through most of the 15th century, adapted the ideals of the Italian renaissance to achieve distinctive expressions of the Renaissance style.
Week 4: The Renaissance in Central and Eastern 1500-1600
What culturally separates places such as Poland, the present-day Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary from places such as Russia? One answer is that the Renaissance reached them—while failing to reach the Russian lands. We contrast the Renaissance art of central Europe with the art of Russia.
Books, materials and resources
You will access reading material using SFU's online course management system, Canvas.