Course Description

Art of the Northern Renaissance and the Dutch Golden Age

From the late 15th through the 17th century, Northern Europe experienced the flowering of an unprecedented golden age of art. The era is marked by great artists like van Eyck, Durer, Bosch, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, and by an explosion of new varieties of art and new types of patrons. In this course we will focus on the paintings, prints, and drawings created during this era in Flanders (present-day Belgium) and the Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands). We will examine the dynamic artistic traditions that emerged during this period of great political and religious crisis, and how art reacted and related to the changing world. 

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Build an understanding of the main characteristics of the Northern style and of the conditions that led to it
  • Analyze art works against the background of religious, social and political conditions in Northern Europe
  • Identify major works of art of this period
  • Identify major artists of this period
  • Gain knowledge of terminology, stylistic classifications, methods, and theories employed in art and architectural history
  • Explore the rich artistic and historical heritage of the western world through art
Marina Fischer

Marina Fischer, MA, studied history of art, classics and ancient history at the University of Calgary. Her research and interests focus on art, architecture, ancient world, numismatics, early Christianity, and gender studies. Marina works as Collection Specialist at Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, and shares her passion for teaching through her Continuing Education courses.




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