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Themacursus VI: Highlights Dutch Architecture 1000-1850


Admission requirements

See Art History Program guide and Exam regulations


This course will present a survey of architecture between 1000 and 1850. It will concentrate on the major architects and master builders of Netherlandish architecture and the buildings they realized: from the early Middle Ages to the magnificent Gothic cathedrals in Utrecht, Leiden and ‘s-Hertogenbosch; the introduction of the architecture of the Renaissance by Hans Vredeman de Vries and Lieven de Key, Dutch Classicism, with the Amsterdam City Hall by Jacob van Campen and the more baroque idiom of Pieter Noorwits in The Hague; and the various protagonists of the historicist movements in the 19th century. Attention will also be given to the urban architecture of the period and to some major projects within the field of town planning, like the famous canals in Amsterdam.

Course objectives

To obtain knowledge of Netherlandish architecture by way of a chronological survey; to be able to date buildings and analyse them stylistically.

Time table


Teaching method

Lecture course and excursion / Hoorcollege met excursie

Test method

Written exam. Students can expand the course by studying literature and/or following other courses offered by the Department of Art History.

Programme Art History 2009-2010


Via U-twist


The course is an optional course in the Art History BA2 main program.

Prof.dr. C.A. van Eck