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The University of Southampton
International Summer School

A Different Perspective: Politics, Power and Painting

Using the Renaissance as a starting point, these lectures will consider the ways in which art was made and understood.

The Wedding at Cena by Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)
The Wedding at Cena by Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)

Starting with issues concerning composition (perspective, form, light), and moving to external factors such as patronage, Church, State and family and new socio-cultural ideas and ideals, these sessions will take students on a journey throughout Renaissance Italy, encountering real-life intrigue, murder, sex, power and corruption as articulated through paintings and the artists who made them.

1. Renaissance in context: Movers, shakers and putting oneself 'in the picture'
2. Renaissance influencers: favourites, fads and fascinations
3. Renaissance cities and spaces: right place, right time

The academic organising this topic is Dr Jo Turney, Associate Professor of Fashion at Winchester School of Art.

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