Day School: Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age

Ref: C3744387

Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) spent his whole life in Delft. He is famous for enigmatic domestic scenes with refined brushwork, using dots of paint to create the illusion of reflected light. Many of the 34 surviving works feature musical instruments and we shall explore possible explanations for this and the use of other objects as symbols. As well as Vermeer, there will be examples of the works of his equally talented contemporaries in what became known as the Golden Age of Netherlandish art.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To introduce students to the work of Johannes Vermeer and the principal artists of the 17th century Dutch Golden Age

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • interpret the symbolism of the paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
  • appreciate why Vermeer might be said to stand out from his contemporaries
  • draw a conclusion about why music features so prominently in Golden Age paintings

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?

  • Feedback will be by question and answer

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

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Day School: Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age


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