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Art in the Golden Age

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €449 per programme
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Overview

We have all heard about the great masters of Dutch 17th-century art, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Steen. But what makes their art so captivating and so revolutionary? Why is it that we refer to the 17th century as a ‘Golden Age’? And has that always been the case or is the recent criticism regarding this term nothing new?

This course provides an overview of the visual arts in the Netherlands in the 17th century. We will find out that this was an extraordinary period in history in which art was no longer solely created ‘on demand’ for religious and noble patrons, but was created for ‘the free market’, and accessible to a much broader range of customers. We will discover how new genres of painting, such as still life and landscape, were introduced, and how they developed in the course of the century. We will delve into the works of the great masters, but we will also pay attention to numerous minor masters of the age, who each in his or her own way revolutionized the arts. We will analyze the art works from different perspectives, using a wide range of art-historical methods and tools. In doing so, we will also touch upon the current debates about the meaning, the value, and the future of Dutch cultural heritage.

The course consists of 10 online conference lectures, two of which are virtual museum tours. The conference lectures are interactive; students enter into a dialogue with the professor and other students. Together we try to come to understand the works of art. These lectures will take about one to one and a half hours. Next to that students attend some shorter prerecorded case-studies, each accompanied by an assignment. During the lectures, issues brought up by the case studies will be discussed.

Course Duration and Dates
This is a two week online course running on the 28th, 29th and 30th of December 2020 and the 4th, 5th and 6th of January 2021. Class will be held every Thursday evening Central European Time (CET).

ECTS
The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 3 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions

Goals
By the end of the course students will demonstrate the ability to:
Learning objectives ▪ Identify and apply (some of) the key concepts in Art History ▪ Recognize the novel aspects of Dutch 17th century art ▪ Understand the possible cultural ideas and ideals behind works of art ▪ Understand the significance of art in history ▪ Have a basic idea of the main discussions within Dutch art history

Skill development
▪ Write and talk about art in a clear and comprehensible manner ▪ Reconstruct the original context and significance of works of art ▪ Have a (more) professional view on art as a whole


Prerequisites
None. A minimum of 9 students is required for the class to take place.

Recommend literature
Students will receive an extensive reader with electronic articles via the Student portal.

Teaching methods
▪ Online meetings ▪ Assignments ▪ Presentations ▪ Virtual excursions

Assessment methods
▪ Attendance ▪ Presentation ▪ Written exam ▪ Papers ▪ Participation

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
Application deadline
Dec 9, 2020 23:59:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Dec 28, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
Application deadline
Dec 9, 2020 23:59:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Dec 28, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States