Experience the highlights of Dutch art from the last 400 years at first hand! This track covers many of the country's most renowned artists, museums and cities. Discover the famous masters of the Golden Age. Examine Dutch art from the 18th and 19th century, up to the early decades of modernism, including artists such as Van Gogh and Mondrian. This track will tell you all about the masterpieces and its painters by taking you out of the classroom and into cities, museums and churches – you will not be able to get closer to the masterpieces themselves!
The first two weeks will cover the famous Dutch Golden Age, the early modern period, when the tiny Dutch Republic grew to an internationally flourishing metropole. Discover why the Dutch Golden Age was so unique, through its marvelous history, paintings, applied arts and architecture.
The last two weeks will take you through Dutch art from the 18th and 19th century and up to the early decades of modernism. Modern Dutch artists started to strive for the elusive ideal of truthfulness in their own way. Not only will you learn about the famous artists of this period, as Van Gogh and Mondrian, after completing this course you will also be able to recognize this periods main art movements.
The course is open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History.
Aim of the course
This course gives students a broad overview of Dutch Art from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century, until the 1920's through the exploration of history, culture, daily life, academic approaches and case-studies.
Approximately 80 contact hours. The course combines many elements, from lectures to excursions: no day is the same. Typically, the morning part of the program takes place in a classroom, which could be a lecture or a seminar. You may also find yourself in a panel discussion, defending a particular approach to art. The afternoons (sometimes the entire day) are devoted to museum visits. Variation is ensured by going into the museum with a tour, in small groups or on your own with an assignment. During these excursions, we devote time to both the factual and technical aspects of the painting, as well as the more personal and subjective ones, so that by the end, you will have explored the paintings in many dynamic ways. Hidden meanings, unexpected techniques, your peers’ opinions or your own may surprise you and change and broaden your perception of the artworks again and again.
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