It is not a bold statement to say that Dutch art is well-known throughout most of the world. It is not one painter or a certain artistic movement that stand out. Dutch artists from different centuries or art movements from different periods are equally admired and enjoyed by masses over the globe.
This course will therefore explore the distinctive periods in Dutch history such as the Early Renaissance, the productive Golden Age of the 17th century as well as specific styles of the 19th and 20th century. Students will have the opportunity to learn the general styles, concepts, purposes, and interpretations of Dutch art from the Renaissance through contemporary art. The focus will be on painting, and to a lesser degree, on architecture.
The development of Dutch artistic styles relates to the economic development of the Netherlands as well as the political and social systems in place at various times. These socio-economic and political drivers will be further explored as these are important to understand the art of each period. Dutch art is also influenced by various religious movements. Students will explore what these influences are and how certain religious symbols are represented.
Whilst the Dutch art scene was heavily dominated by men, this course will also focus on female artists throughout the ages. These artists may be less well known, their contribution to the arts is significant.