Study Days & Courses
Gallery Study Days & Tours
Experience a special, tailor-made, guided tour of a current exhibition, or enjoy a gallery study day, exploring treasures such as those held in the National Gallery and Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum - ideal for individuals, couples and small groups wishing to take in impressive collections at their own pace and learn more.
Contact Renaissance Art History Cambridge to arrange a private study day/receive booking details.
"Very many thanks for a brilliant and most informative study day at the National Gallery. It was so interesting and thoroughly enjoyable!"
Courses & Lectures
Private art history study courses or lectures can be delivered by Renaissance Art History Cambridge to suit the interests of a particular group, covering a wide range of periods and schools. Select a topic of your choice for a one-day session or a longer series of talks. Please see below for a list of sample topics.
*At Home in Renaissance Italy
This distance learning course examines the collection and consumption of domestic objects during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It will enter into the Italian palazzo or casa to investigate the rooms fully furnished, seeking to understand the inhabitants and their value systems by studying the material culture of their homes.
The course aims to introduce you to a variety of artworks/objects in context and covers topics such as:
- money and markets
- banquets and studioli
- marriage and childbirth
- women and beauty
"I have found the whole course absorbing & very thought-provoking...thank you."
*The representation of Jews in Renaissance visual culture
This course (which can be broken down into ‘stand-alone’ lectures) will examine anti-Jewish iconography in Christian art and the relationship of such representations to the accusations of ritual murder, host desecration, and image profanation.
Lecture 1: Tolleranza and symbolic violence in the Italian Renaissance - Demonising paintings of Jews in the palaces and churches of Mantua, Ferrara and Urbino
Lecture 2: Distinctive Hats - The representation of Jewish figures in Venetian paintings by Bellini, Carpaccio and Mansueti for the confraternities
Lecture 3: The Yellow O - The Jewish badge in Italian art
Lecture 4: Violent Iconography - The Living Cross and Synagoga in the art of the later Middle Ages
Lecture 5: Seeing & Being Seen - The politics of sight in the Venetian Ghetto