The Changing Status of the Artist: David Lewry

"This course covers the second part of the Open University Course A216, ART AND ITS HISTORIES (1999). The course was a second level course which was designed for students who were new to the discipline of art history and for those who had a little experience. This was the second section of the course which focuses on the theme of the artist and especially the changing status of artists in Europe in the early modern period. It contains a series of case studies, some devoted to a specific artist and others dealing more specifically with artistic practice. The first part is concerned with artists in Renaissance Italy whilst the second part seems to counteract the Italian bias by examining the status of the artist in Germany and the Netherlands during the later fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The final part considers the factors which determine the status and reputation of artists both during their lifetime and after their death with case studies about two Northern European artists, Vermeer and Watteau. "

Tutor: David Lewry

"David Lewry attended St Martin’s School of Art in London in the 1970s and, after a diverse career, received a First Class Honours Degree in Social History and History of Art with the OU before studying Botanical Illustration at the Eden Project in Cornwall. In 2006 he was awarded a silver medal by the RHS. He runs a number of classes and workshops in and around the Bedford area and has worked at the REC teaching practical art skills and art history. David is an award-winning wildlife artist and member of the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society. "