Art Conversations: Italy in Europe 2

We’re used to thinking of Italian art as iconic enough to stand on its own. But great Italian art movements, from the Renaissance to modernism, have been influenced by artists in Spain and Flanders, ancient Greece and 19th-century France. In this new course we put Italian masterworks in their broader European context. Each week you’ll have access to background material online, including a talk, while in our online discussion groups we’ll meet to compare and analyse key works. There is no assumption that you’ve joined any of our previous classes on Italian or European art.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.



Before our classes begin, you’ll receive a link to an online folder with a 1-hour lecture introducing the European context relevant to the week’s discussion images; the images for discussion in class; and short background readings (all available online). When we meet online on Zoom, we’ll have 1.5-hour guided discussion of the selected images. This basic session outline will be repeated for each of the course’s four weeks. Please note that all classes for the second week of this course will be taught by Dr Nick Gordon.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Formally analyse key Italian and European artworks.
  2. Discuss the main approaches to developing art appreciation skills.
  3. Recognise the impact of key artists across Europe, from the 8th century BC to the contemporary era.
  4. Identify major trends in Italian art.

This course has no current classes. Please join the waiting list by clicking .