Explores diverse issues in art history such as the history of photography, painting in the age of Rembrandt, and impressionism through surrealism.
This class is an intensive investigation of the painting in the Golden Age of Holland during the seventeenth century. In addition to lecture/discussions of the works of individual painters and printmakers, we will also consider the art worlds that they inhabited and the larger cultural and social contexts in which the art was created.
Student learning goals
1. Learn the place of The Netherlands politically and artistically in the early modern period.
2. Hone your skills in eye training to recognize the styles of different schools and masters.
3. Write clearly and persuasively about art as autonomous works and as artifacts of cultural production and consumption.
4. Present your ideas clearly in class informally in discussion and in more formal forums.
5. Understand how the Dutch contributed to urbanization and modernization of Europe and how the art furthered that process.
General method of instruction
Lectures with slides, student led discussions of readings.
European Art History class or general Humanities class.
Class assignments and grading
There will be at least one midterm and a final, probably partial take home for the essays, plus in class slide identifications. You will have the mdid site to review images. Previously, for the term project, I divided the class into sections related to the major Dutch cities and asked the students to select art- or culture-related topics to research and present both orally and in written form. These comprised urban biographies of the Dutch 17th century. I will probably follow this same procedure again.
Participation, exams, and term project.