Outline: An Art History Course at Marlborough College Summer School 2018 with Arcadia Education from 8th July to 14th July, afternoon sessions
Title: ‘Looking at the Overlooked’ – Ten Masterworks in Focus
Subject: Art Historical Analysis
Content: This course is designed to encourage the gallery-goer to look more closely in order to appreciate more fully the symbolism inherent within many great artworks. In analysing the formal elements of ten key artworks, we will focus on the formal features of composition, pictorial space, light and tone and colour. In addition, we will gain an insight into how materials, methods and techniques have affected the visual appearance of paintings over various epochs. In particular, the signs, symbols and their meanings will be a chief focus. Armed with this foundation, we can then endeavour to decode and unlock the iconography of Art History.
The works selected for in-depth study deliberately transcend several periods in the western tradition of Art History, whilst also representing a range of genres or subject matter.
Masterworks Selected for Analysis:
The Hunt in the Forest by Paolo Uccello
The Annunciation by Fra Angelico
La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli
The School of Athens by Raphael
The Tempest by Giorgione
An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life by Harmen Steenwyck
The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David
The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault
Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Manet