Portraits of Italy: Cicero, Alberti, Raphael, Titian, Vivaldi and Domenic Scarletti WEA Sydney

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This course explores the glories of creativity in Italy from Ancient Rome through to the Renaissance, using a mixture of written commentary, original texts, and audio and visual material. Cicero’s famous speeches examine the interconnection between writing and public speaking in Ancient Rome; the Alberti unit looks at his architecture and his satirical novel Momus; the Raphael, Titian, and Vivaldi units hardly need any comment, as these figures are all so famous and celebrated, while the unit on Domenico Scarlatti (a contemporary of Vivaldi) looks at the beautiful vocal and harpsichord music he wrote in Italy before moving to Spain. The balance of units are: 2 art, 2 music, 1 literature, 1 literature and architecture.

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.


Course Author: Robert Forgacs

Course Code: D205

Supplied Material: Course Booklet, CDs + USB

Units & Pricing: 6 units / $78 per person



Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.