Art and Architecture-The Renaissance in Flanders-Part 1

Ref: C2225505

During the fifteenth century the area that is now Belgium and the Netherlands grew rich on trade and cloth. The Duchy of Burgundy was closely connected politically and artistically. They produced one of the great schools of European art. It was a style of enormous accomplishment, growing from the prosperous towns as much as the courts. We will trace this development through the work of the most important of the artists of the period as well as studying at their contexts and meanings. The pioneering Robert Campin and then van Eyck bothers who produced the astonishing Ghent Altarpiece as well as a host of other masterpieces such as the Arnolfini portrait. Then we look at their contemporaries and successors such as Roger van der Weyden and the artists associated with Bruges. We will also consider the architecture and sculpture of the period and discover how this relates to the artistic revolutions of the area.

Course aim

A survey of the art of the Low Countries in the fifteenth century, including Jan van Eyck, Roger van der Weyden and many others

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the chief characteristics of the art, especially painting, as it developed in this period
  • Recognise the significance of patronage in the visual arts of the Low Countries in the fifteenth century
  • Describe the achievement of Jan van Eyck
  • Enjoy looking at paintings more, by applying your knowledge

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

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
  • You may like to visit the relevant rooms at the National Gallery and/or look at some examples of painting on the internet (eg the Web Gallery of Art), but it is not required

What can I do next?

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

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Art and Architecture-The Renaissance in Flanders-Part 1


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