Dutch Art and Architecture - The Golden Age

Ref: C3741419

The course will begin by explaining the unique social, religious and political context in which art was produced in the 17th century Netherlands with a discussion of the Dutch Revolt and war against Spain. The new religious and economic conditions that resulted led to the production of new types of art, notably an explosion in the making of portraits, seascapes, landscapes and pictures of every day life, at the expense of grand religious painting. Major artists who will be explored include Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Steen. The important contribution of print making and the work of less well known artists and women artists will also be studied,

Additional information about this course

Please contact the Maidenhead branch direct if you would like to enrol on this course as they have a waiting list at weamaidenhead@hotmail.co.uk This course is fully booked at 18/7/2017 PC

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the wide variety of exciting art made in the seventeenth century with a view to better understanding the political, economic and social context in which is was created.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify one portrait by Rembrandt.
  • Identify and describe on picture by Vermeer.
  • Begin to discuss the social and economic context in which Dutch art was produced in the seventeenth century.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • Students are encouraged to visit galleries and exhibitions associated with the subject.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Dutch Art and Architecture - The Golden Age


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