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Steven E Bunn
ART H 374
Seattle Campus

Northern Baroque Art

The art of northern Europe, circa 1590 to circa 1710.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Steven E Bunn
Date: 02/11/2013