Sufficient proficiency in English.
The Netherlands 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 artists and movements in the context of Dutch culture and history. It covers Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, important 16th-century painters such as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Brueghel the elder, and famous painters from Dutch Golden Age such as 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 artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.
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 environment in which Dutch art flourished.
The timetable is available on the Dutch Studies website
Mode of instruction
Total study load for the course: 280 hours.
- For the lectures: 2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hours
- Preparation for the lectures: 4 hours per week x 12 = 48 hours
- Preparation for the first exams: 80 hours
- Preparation for the second exam: 126 hours.
Assessment and Weighing
The course has two exams, both consisting of five open questions on developments of style and characteristics of movements and works by famous artists, based on the reader and other course material available on Blackboard. The first exam in the mid-session interval covers art of the 15th and 16th centuries and determines 40% of the final mark. The second exam in December covers the Golden Age to ca. 1940 and determines 60% of the final mark. Marks lower than 5.5 for the separate tests are not accepted. The average of both exams should be at least 6.
There are resits for both exams in January.
A final mark for the resit lower than 5.5 means a fail for the whole course. Student will have to do the course again and pass both parts in the following year.
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.
There will be a Blackboard module for the course, which contains relevant course information such as the weekly reading and assignments. Since Blackboard makes use of umail for communication, students are advised to forward their umail to their regular email address.
Reading material on Blackboard.
If you are experiencing problems with the registration in uSis, please contact the secretary’s office
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
You can contact the lecturer Ms. Dr. M.E.W. Boers about the contents of the course, for other general and practical matters, turn to the student adviser, Ms. I. Zagar and for administrative matters, for instance if you have problems with registering in usis, the administration of Dutch Studies