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Dutch Painting 1400 – 1950: Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands, Cultuurwetenschap I


Admission requirements

Sufficient proficiency in English.


The Low Countries have made a rich contribution to art history with well-known artists and movements. The lectures of this thematic course on Dutch painting offer an overview of the visual arts from the 15th century to the present covering the characteristics of important moments in art history placing it in the context of Netherlandish culture and history. It covers Flemish Primitives (such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden), important 16th-century painters (e.g. Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel), and famous painters from the so-called ‘Dutch Golden Age’, esp. Rembrandt, Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael and Vermeer with an emphasis on developments in style, function and meaning of their paintings. Furthermore, the course discusses the many faces of modernism in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries focusing on Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.

Classes in Lipsius 101

13 September, 13h15-15h Introduction
20 September, 13h15-15h Jan van Eyck
27 September, 13h15-15h Rogier van der Weyden
4 October, 13h15-15h Hieronymus Bosch
11 October, 13h15-15h Pieter Bruegel
18 October, 13h15-15h Follow-up class – recap, Q&A, mock-up exam questions
25 October, 13h15-15h Introduction 17th-century Dutch Painting

8 November, 13h15-15h Genres
15 November, 13h15-15h Genres
22 November, 13h15-15h Rembrandt
29 November, 13h15-15h Van Gogh
6 December, 13h15-15h Mondrian
13 December, 13h15-15h Follow-up class – recap, Q&A, mock-up exam questions

20 December, 12h-14h Exam, Lipsius - 0.02 / Lipsius - 0.03
19 January, 12h-14h Resit exam, Lipsius - 0.19

Events to attend

5 October 2023, 17:00 - 18:00 Museum Talk: Maps, Navigating and Manipulating by Martijn Storms, Academy building (Telders auditory)
25 October 2023, 18:00 - 19:00 Museum Talk: Art between the Ruins, Sandra Smets (guest curator at Boijmans van Beuningen), Lipsius 0.28

If a student cannot make it to one these Museum Talks, they should inform us with a valid reason. Contact

Course objectives

The course offers an overview of artistic developments from 1400 up to and including the 20th century, as well as various academic approaches to the visual arts. Students will acquire skills in recognizing differences in style and artistic developments. Moreover, it provides insight into the cultural and historical contexts in which Netherlandish art flourished.


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Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

The course has an in-person exam, consisting of a few painting analyses and a few questions focused on your insight knowledge regarding the developments of style and characteristics of movements and works by famous artists. The answers need to be based on the lectures; other course material available on Brightspace can be helpful. The mark for the exam should be at least 6.


There is a resit for the exam in January; you can see when on MyTimetable.
A mark for the resit lower than 6 means a fail for the whole course. Student will have to do the course again and pass both parts in the following year.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

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