Art Appreciation: From Van Eyck to Durer, Northern European Art

Ref: C3675838

This course will provide an introduction to the art of fifteenth-century Northern Europe, roughly spanning 1400-1500, and considering artists such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memling, Albrecht Durer, and others. The emphasis will be on painting, but we will consider examples of drawing, print and sculpture too. Join us in exploring the achievements of some of the leading artists in the Burgundian Netherlands and Germanic Holy Roman Empire, placing them as fully as possible in their historical, social and artistic contexts. We will consider the different major centres of artistic production, in broadly chronological order, and casting an occasional eye across the Alps to contemporary developments in the Italian 'Renaissance'.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the art of the Northern Renaissance (1400-1500), placing it in its broader social and art-historical context as well as exploring key works of art in depth.

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:

  • identify a wide range of fifteenth-century Northern European art (especially paintings)
  • place these art-works in their original cultural, social and historical contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how issues such as formal properties, location, medium, and technique all contribute to an art-work’s possibilities of meaning.
  • place the artistic achievements of individual artists in a broader art-historical context.

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?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Art Appreciation: From Van Eyck to Durer, Northern European Art

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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