Steven E Bunn
ART H 374
The art of northern Europe, circa 1590 to circa 1710.
Spring 2013: Northern Baroque Art-Baroque Art and Visual Culture in Northern Europe
This course investigates the rich artistic variety and visual heritage of Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Vermeer, Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, and others through painting, printmaking, and other forms of artistic expression in seventeenth-century northern Europe. Special attention is given to painting in the city of Antwerp, then the artistic center of the Spanish Netherlands (present-day Belgium), and to artists active in the emergent Dutch Republic (particularly in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht and Delft). Some major themes include the importance of Italian and Netherlandish artistic traditions, new subject matter (landscape, still-life, genre, etc.), the visual language of the Counter Reformation, and the influence of Caravaggio on the northern Baroque.
Student learning goals
- learn the major artistic trends of northern European Baroque art
- interpret works of art with a critical and historical eye
- apply essential art historical methodologies-including visual and formal analysis, iconography, and the use of textual, visual and critical sources to develop a close understanding of artists and artworks
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion.
Either Art H 202 (Survey of Western Art-Medieval and Renaissance) or Art H 203 (Survey of Western Art-Modern) will be helpful, but are not required.
Class assignments and grading
Written assignments and examinations.