Inspired by the Masters: Dürer and disegno

Subject: Drawing, Painting
Dates: 25 October 2018 - 26 October 2018
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Windsor Castle
Tutor: Radu Leon
Full price
£ 160

This practical, two-day course explores how Dürer graphically expressed his visual thinking by closely studying his disegno, which Renaissance Italian artists understood as both an intellectual capacity for design and drawing skill.

On the first day we will go to the Library at Windsor Castle to closely study Dürer’s St Jerome in his Study, and works by other masters. We will pay particular attention to how Dürer actually practised the theories he set out in his Treatises about measurement with ruler and compass, perspective and human proportion. Students will consider Dürer’s principles of harmonious compositions and then apply them to create their own scene of a Northern interior, inhabited as accurately as possible by a figure.

On the second day, students will explore Dürer’s masterful expression of texture, light and depth, and using pen, brush and ink will apply what they have observed and learnt to complete their own drawing of a Northern interior.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring?

Please bring your own sketchbook and drawing pencils for use in the Library.

Students will be asked to bring their own brushes. Sizes and types will be specified closer to the start of the course. All other materials will be provided on this course.

What days do I attend?

Thursday - Friday, 25 - 26 October 2018

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs. The reduced fee is £130.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

Where will this course take place?

The first day of this course will take place at Windsor Castle, Windsor SL4 1NJ.

The second day of the course will take place at The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG.

Notes on Windsor Castle:

As we are sure you would expect, a high level of security is in place at Royal residences. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. Information regarding security will be sent to you before the start of the course. 

Below are details for planning your journey to Windsor:

By train: To Windsor & Eton Central or Windsor & Eton Riverside from London Waterloo or London Paddington (National Rail Enquiries Service 08457 484950 (UK)).

By coach: Green Line operates daily services from Victoria Coach Station, London.

By road: M4 to Exit 6. M3 to Exit 3. There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so visitors are advised to use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on

In collaboration with Royal Collection Trust

Image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Tutor biography

Radu Leon

Radu Leon earned a PhD in History of Arts in Venice, after having previously received an academic education in film and visual arts. He had training in TV Journalism from the BBC. His paintings and drawings were exhibited in London at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Private Views in favour of Marie Curie Cancer Care (2013-2017), at the Mall Galleries in the Pastel Society UK Annual Exhibition (2011), in the 'Venice in Peril' exhibitions at the W.H. Patterson Gallery (2012) and at The Osborne Studio Gallery (2015), and in the shows of the Société des Pastellistes de France (2013-2014).

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