The Influencers: Six "Old Masters" You Should Know will return in 2019/2020

Rembrandt, Woman Bathing in a Stream, 1654. National Gallery, London.

Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt and Velázquez — find out how and why these artists came to influence subsequent generations, changing art history.

Michelangelo, Creation of the Sun, Moon and Plants, 1511. Sistine Ceiling.

Michelangelo (1475-1564) was the first art superstar. Equally talented in the realms of sculpture and painting, his magnificent depictions of the human form in motion set standards that challenged and influenced artists for generations to come.

Titian, Noli Me Tangere, 1511-1512. National Gallery, London.


Titian (1490-1576) was the most important painter of the Venetian Renaissance. Celebrated for his vibrant use of colour, Titian was in demand for religious paintings and portraits, but it was his sensuous mythological scenes that made him famous at courts throughout Europe.

Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, 1601. National Gallery, London.

Caravaggio (1571-1610) lived a brief and tumultuous life, yet was responsible for a revolution in art. We’ll discover how he brought religious art to life in dramatic paintings so powerful and naturalistic that he sparked a whole new style.

Rubens, Two Satyrs, 1618-1619. Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

Rubens (1577-1640) is regarded as one of the greatest painters of all times. Discover why he was a favourite at courts throughout Europe, and how he was equally masterful at portraiture, sacred subjects, mythological scenes and landscapes.

Velázquez, Old Woman Frying Eggs, 1618. National Gallery, Scotland.

Velázquez (1599-1660) was the painter of the Spanish court, known for his bravura brushwork and his psychologically penetrating portraiture. His famous painting, Las Meninas, has puzzled scholars for centuries, but his early bodegónes (kitchen still lives) are equally intriguing.

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, 1665. Kenwood House, London.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age. We’ll look at his masterful prints, his extraordinary series of self-portraits, and discover how his renowned painting, The Night Watch, broke new ground.

This eight week course is offered through the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.