History of Art: A Thousand Years of European Highlights - Track

Course code
A01
Course fee (excl. housing)
Price
€2550
Course Level
Bachelor
Variations

This year, this track will be offered in an online format.

The European Highlights combines a broad approach with profound analysis over the period of six weeks with lectures from Florence, Utrecht and Berlin. Seize this opportunity to travel back through time in only one summer! Upon completion, you will have experienced Western Art in broad strokes, and covered particular periods in great detail. The online course is highly interactive, and for a large part takes place, although digitally, in front of the original artworks.

Our partner institute in Florence will tell you all about the works of the great Italian Masters of the Renaissance. The names of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio are associated with some of the most original, appealing and amazing achievements in the visual arts. What drove these versatile artists to reach the pinnacle of perfection and what is it that makes their works so special and appealing even to a modern audience? To answer these questions this course will take the student back to the period of the Italian Renaissance focusing attention not only on the original context for which the works of art by these masters were made but also on the works of art by their peers with whom they often competed. 

The journey then continues up north, to Utrecht where you will discover Dutch art of the Golden Age. This part of the 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. All the landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lifes may look so realistic that one can feel the sea-breeze and smell the grapes, but in fact, nothing in these artistic works really is what it seems.

The last two weeks are offered by the Frei Universität Berlin. You will focus on the circumstances that shaped the production and reception of German art during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. During this long period, the formation of a German nation state and the problematic notion of a German national identity became connected to the question of a German style and artistic ‘expression’. You will learn all about the circumstances that shaped the production and reception of German art during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein, Anna Koldeweij, MA & Dr. Matthias Vollmer

Target audience

The course is open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History. No previous experience required.

Costs

Course fee:
Price
€2550
Included:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Extra information about housing

If you wish to stay in Utrecht during your online course, please feel free to contact us. 

More information

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

Registration

Application deadline: 
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