Italian Art in the Long Renaissance



This module is an exploration of Italian art – painting and sculpture – from c.1300 to c.1700 in the major centres of Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, and Milan. The era is distinguished by a revived interest in Italy’s classical past and the emergence of humanist philosophies, and the impact of both on art over a long timeline will be investigated. The evolution of religious subject matter will be analysed via a number of different typologies – the fresco cycle, the altarpiece, the sculpted figure. The emergence and development of secular themes, including representations of classical mythology, will also be considered. The module will examine evolving stylistic debates around the values of naturalism and classicism over time, and the ways in which artists reflected on the very concept of the “Renaissance” in different artistic centres. The role of patronage, both civic and private, and the rising status of the artist will feature prominently, and particular attention will be paid to artistic processes and means of production.

Please check our website in December

Date, Time, and Place

Day-time course: Time and venue to be confirmed. Whether these lectures will be in person or online will depend on the situation with COVID 19 later in the year. If online, lectures may be pre-recorded and made available at the time the lectures should be scheduled, or they may be live on Zoom. Live lectures are not necessarily recorded, so you may have to attend at the time stated. for updates or text ‘INFO’ to 087 257 2015.


This lecture-only module comprises of two lectures per week over one term commencing in January 2022.

Course Fees

€150 for the course. The concession rate for the course is €75.* * The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is a Social Welfare pension or payment, Jobseekers, Health Board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.


Please check our website in December for updates on enrolment dates and term dates.

Applications in person and by post for 2021-22 courses are suspended.

You may apply online or by phone* as follows:

ONLINE: You may register and pay by credit/debit card online at AFTER enrolments open for each term.

By telephone: Please text ‘APPLY FOR COURSE’ to 087 257 2015* and you will receive a call back.

Please note that the phone will be very busy during the application period and staff continue to work from home and there may be a delay in replying to your call. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

* Text only phone.