Dutch painting flourished during the Golden Age of the 17th century, when Dutch trade and science were among the most acclaimed in the world. Having fought off the Spanish monarchical rule of previous centuries, the newly formed Dutch Republic was a flourishing hub for the arts and luxury goods. In this course, we will examine the unique social, political and religious context of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century, and consider how painting and painters fit within that context. Our discussion of Dutch art will be embedded in comparative studies of the other great centres of this time, from Bernini’s powerful commissions in Papal Rome, Anthony van Dyck’s portraits in Tudor England to Velazquez’ Spanish court portraits.


As ever, this course will develop students’ visual analysis skills, encouraging a critical awareness and understanding of the visual arts, which can be applied to students’ own practices and future studies. Student participation is welcomed and encouraged in this conversational environment through class discussions and debates.


We will examine the various genres and styles of painting that prospered in this period – from the lively portraits of Frans Hals to the seemingly introspective self-portraits of Rembrandt. We will consider how still life and landscape paintings reflected both pride and anxiety in the Dutch Republic’s suddenly wealthy lifestyle. The bawdiness and merry chaos of Jan Steen’s genre paintings will be compared to the still grace of Johannes Vermeer, perhaps both signalling issues of morality for their Dutch viewers. We will also consider how, with the absence of the Catholic church as an art patron, religious ideas were communicated in art.


No prior experience of art history is necessary, and all are welcome.







Course Code: EAH115

Tutor: Linda Yang

When: Monday 6.15 - 8.15pm

Dates: 2 February - 30 March 2015  

Duration: 9 Weeks 

Maximum Enrolment: 14 


Cost: $195  BOOK NOW







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