Art Appreciation: Introduction to the Art of the Renaissance & The History of Venice as Seen Through its Art (Night) with Richard Gunning

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Join artist Richard Gunning, as he explores the Art of the Renaissance and the history of Venice and its art in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The six-week course will be presented in two parts. Part one explores the art of the Renaissance, the cultural phenomena that begins initially in Florence and evolves over two centuries, producing some of the most beautiful and important works in Western Art. Part two takes us on a journey through the history of Venice from its unpromising beginnings in a muddy lagoon to its emergence as a world power, all the while looking at how this incredible story is reflected in its art.

Introduction to the Art of the Renaissance

 Week 1

  • Background to the Renaissance and the early Renaissance in Florence.

Week 2

  • An exploration of the mid-century artists in Florence and other important Renaissance centres in Italy and Europe.

Week 3

  • High Renaissance and Mannerism. The legacy of the Renaissance.

The history of Venice as seen through its Art

Week 1

  • Why does Venice exist? Venice an overview.
  • The early years, the Byzantine heritage, the glories of San Marco and the Myth of Venice.
  • The emergence of Venice as a world power.

Week 2

  • The golden centuries of Venetian art. When Venetian artists such as Titian combine a traditional love of colour with Renaissance forms to create some of the highpoints of Renaissance art.

Week 3

  • The fall of the Republic. While the old republic declines it becomes an essential stopover on the Grand Tour.
  • The emergence of Venice as a cultural and tourist mecca.
  • The future of Venice in a period of climate change and mass tourism.


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information or visit

Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements, please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enrol has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email [email protected] to discuss suitability and how we can help.

Tutor Richard Gunning

Richard Gunning has a broad knowledge of art and art history and has taught at many tertiary institutions and universities in WA

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