School Sessions in Art History

School sessions offered by the Art History staff include the following:

  • Medieval Art and Architecture in Lincoln Cathedral:

The English Victorian writer, philosopher and art critic John Ruskin stated: ‘I have always held… that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have.’ In this session, we will explore the design, decoration, and space of one of the most important English medieval cathedrals.

  • Victorian Stained glass in Lincoln Cathedral and beyond:

Lincoln Cathedral has an unparallel collection of stained glass windows, through an exploration of the ways Victorian artists, thinkers, and writers evoked the English medieval past, this session will examine the materials, technologies and the themes present in the magnificent stained glass kept in Lincoln.

  • Renaissance Architecture: exploring buildings:

The renaissance is generally heralded as the period in which a revival of antique ideologies and architectural design was revived. Renaissance architecture, religious or lay, present a façade design and particular spatial configuration. Through a series of case studies, in this session we will explore how to look at buildings and the particularities of Renaissance architecture.

  • How to look at Renaissance portraits:

In the Western Renaissance tradition, a portrait had to not only show resemblance with the sitter (i.e., the person portrayed) but it also had to capture the soul of the subject. That is, portraits had to show the personality or aspects of it of the sitter. Through an analysis of a number of portraits of masters from the English, Italian and other coeval courts, in this session we will explore the way we can look at renaissance portraits.

The sessions last an hour and are bookable by contacting the School of History and Heritage Schools Liaison Officer, Dr Giustina Monti:

They are geared towards students who will be applying for University over the next two years (i.e. Years 11 to 13). No prior knowledge of Art History is required.