Dutch Art of the Golden Age

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level
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Are you curious to learn more about Rembrandt's 'Nightwatch', Vermeer's 'Girl with the pearl earring', Hals's 'laughing figures' or other Dutch masterpieces from the 17th century? Sign up for this course and discover the 'Golden Age' and its marvellous paintings, applied arts and architecture. This online course will tell you all about the masterpieces and painters. 

This course takes you back in time to the Dutch seventeenth century: the early modern period, when Dutch ships sailed the oceans from the Americas to the Indies, and the tiny Dutch Republic dominated the world's stage. During this course you will find out what makes the Dutch Golden Age and its art so unique. Not everything is what it seems: an innocent bouquet of flowers hides a forbidden religious message. A happy family, where everyone is singing and laughing, turns out ot be a warning against an undisciplined lifestyle. Of course you will learn lots about the famous masters - like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals - but there is much more to discover! Besides painters, many more artists, such as architects, gold- and silversmiths and engravers, contributed to the fame of this age with their innovative artworks. Also, the trade with Asia influenced the Dutch art.

Upon completion of this highly interactive course, you will have unraveled many highlights from the Dutch 16th and 17th century. You will be able to recognize the main artists, but you will also become confident in recognizing, discussing and analysing artworks in general. What you learn in class and during the digital excursions will therefore not only make you familiar with the art of the Dutch Golden Age, but will also add depth and value to your own travels later on.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Anna Koldeweij, MA

Aim of the course

This course gives students a broad overview of Dutch Art from the 16th and 17th century through the exploration of history, culture, daily life, academic approaches and case-studies.

Study load

Approximately 40 hours. The course combines many elements, from lectures to digital excursions.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

If you wish to stay in Utrecht during the duration of your course, please contact us. 

More information

Utrecht Summer School | E: info@utrechtsummerschool.nl | T: +31 30 253 4400


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
15 July 2021