Art and Architecture-The Renaissance in Flanders-Part 2

Ref: C2225508

The end of the fifteenth century saw radical changes in Dutch and Flemish art. This was the disrupted period of the Reformation, but also of the rise of the Northern Netherlands and the great towns such as the trading port of Antwerp. In this period there grew a more international outlook and we see the impact of influences from Italy and Renaissance classicism but given a particular local twist. This applies to architecture as well as painting. An age of growing self-awareness, we will look at the portraitists like Matsys and his contemporaries as well as the changing religious painting of this time. We will also consider the fantastic imagination of Bosch, discussing the meanings of his work, and examine the context and work of Pieter Brueghel the elder and his sons.

Course aim

This course traces the development of Flemish and Dutch art in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including Bosch and Pieter Brueghel, and considers the content and contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Outline the development of the visual arts in the Flanders and Holland in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries
  • Show how a growing identity and self awareness was reflected in art
  • Describe the effect of classical influences in painting and architecture
  • Discuss the achievements of Bosch and Brueghel in the context of their time

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 galleries of the National Gallery or look at some examples of the painting and architecture of the time on the internet, but it is not a requirement.

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 2


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