Steven E Bunn
ART H 309
Rembrandt and Vermeer
This course explores the world of seventeenth-century Dutch Golden Age painting through the careers and artworks of two of its most fascinating artists: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) and Jan Vermeer (1632-1675). Topics of study will include detailed study and discussion of well-known masterpieces--such as Rembrandt's Nightwatch and Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring--contextualization of the two artists’ lives and works within the traditions of European art, ongoing discussion of attribution and forgeries, and the impact of Rembrandt and Vermeer on today’s culture through blockbuster exhibitions, books, and movies.
Student learning goals
• develop formal analysis skills through detailed observation, discussion, and written work
• recognize the techniques and styles of Rembrandt and Vermeer in comparison to contemporary artists and influential predecessors
• become familiar with iconography and learn themes and subject matter popular with Dutch Golden Age artists
• learn about ways in which Rembrandt and Vermeer continue to impact art and culture today, and current discourses and controversies
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion
Art History 203 (Survey of Western Art-Modern), or other classes covering seventeenth-century art, history, or culture, would be helpful, but are not required.
Class assignments and grading
In-class and on-line assignments and exams, written work, participation in thematic discussions, and a research project