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Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Europe: 1250-1500

This course, along with two other year courses form a coherent survey of the fine art, architecture, design and decorative arts in Europe from the late Middle Ages to the First World War.

Every year the V&A Museum offers three part-time year courses, each of which takes place one day a week. The Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Europe: 1250-1500 examines the period between 1250 and 1500, some of the richest and most fascinating in the history of western European art. Spanning the periods of the High Gothic and the Renaissance, it was an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change. Geographically, the course encompasses the whole of western Europe, while emphasising those countries where significant developments took place.

At the core of the course are the visual arts in all their varied manifestations. Many of them are outstandingly represented in the Museum: painting, sculpture and architecture, metalwork and tapestry, stained glass and maiolica, manuscript illumination and prints. Broader issues crucial to artistic developments are also addressed: political and social structures, Christian thought and devotional practice, the rediscovery of classical antiquity, and patronage. The processes and techniques involved in producing works of art and artefacts are investigated, and related themes such as literature and dress introduced. Case studies enable the student to focus on major works of art and their makers within the broader thematic context of the course as a whole.

Full course: £1525, Concessionary rate(V&A members and patrons): £1375

Per Term: full rate: £525, senior citizens, V&A members and Patrons: £475, Students, disabled and ES40 holders £132.

Certificate Option: £350 (in addition to full course fees and payable in full before commencing the course, no concessions).

Day Rate: Full rate:£45, senior citizens, V&A members and Patrons: £41, students, disabled and ES-40 holders £11.

Morning coffee/tea is included. Full course students and term students also receive a term lunch.


Sally Dormer | talks
Dr. Paula Nuttall | talks


Date and Time:

13 September 2005 at 11:00 am


Full Day



Victoria and Albert Museum (learning)
Learning and Interpretation
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road
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To book call the bookings office at 0207 942 2211 or e-mail bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Additional Information:

This course takes place on Tuesdays. The Autumn term is from 13 September to 29 November 2005. Spring term is from 10 January to 28 March 2006 and Summer term is 25 April to 11 July 2006.

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