The Dutch Golden Age

Ref: C3743197

In this day school we shall concentrate on three giants of the 16/17th century who demonstrate the impact that social and religious history have on their work. Vermeer whose quiet works hide a lot of information about the world around him, the sea-faring that expanded the Dutch world and income; Rembrandt, whose life was a roller-coaster ride from popularity and fortune, to changes in taste which led to bankruptcy and solitude; and the most sought after of them all, Rubens the beloved of princes, the courtier, traveller, diplomat and also the trend-setter for years to come.

Course aim

We shall have a short look at the lives and works of the three major artists in the Golden Age of Dutch art - Vermeer, Rembrandt and Rubens.

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:

  • 1) Evaluate the impact of the artists discussed upon others both then and later.
  • 2) Recognise the impact of the social context to the artists' works.
  • 3) Use new skills to selectively view items in galleries.

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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The Dutch Golden Age


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