Art of the Dutch Golden Age

Ref: C2228353

The second half of the seventeenth century saw the creation of some of the greatest works of Dutch painting. We will explore the particular genius of Vermeer and also look at other genre painters of the time. We will examine the extraordinary landscapes of Ruisdael, his followers and contemporaries, and see how Italian light transformed landscape in the works artists such as Cuyp. Still life was another specialism that flourished at the time, evolving throughout the century to reach a peak in lavish and colourful displays. We will also look briefly at architecture which was in one of its most splendid phases.

Additional information about this course

Half tem date: 14/02/2022

Course aim

A survey of the classical age of Dutch painting. We will examine the work of Vermeer and de Hooch in genre painting, the landscapes of Ruisdael and Cuyp and much more.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss possible interpretations of seventeenth century Dutch genre painting
  • Illustrate the international influences on Dutch Art in the second half of the 17c
  • Summarise major elements in architectural style in 17c Netherlands
  • Enjoy the art of the Northern Netherlands in our period in greater depth

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?


Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Art of the Dutch Golden Age


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