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Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands A & B


Admission requirements



The Netherlands have made a rich contribution to art history with its internationally renowned artists and stylistic movements. The thirteen lectures of this thematic course on Dutch Art offer an overview of the visual arts from the 15th century to the present day. The starting point is a number of characteristic aspects of Dutch art and culture. Making use of chronologically ordered objects, we discuss art and place it in its historical and theoretical context. The course covers Flemish primitives such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van Weyden, important 16th century painters such as Jeroen Bosch and Pieter Brueghel, the Dutch Golden Age, paying particular attention to style, function and meaning in visual art. The course also discusses the many faces of modernism in the late 19th – early 20th century. This period covers Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondriaan, and Cobra.
Part 1, course code 5811VKGA1Ycovers the 15th and the 16th centuries plus the introduction to The Golden Age.
Part 2, course code 5811VKGB1Y covers the 17th century up to and including modernism in the 20th century.

Course objectives

The course offers an overview of artistic developments from approximately 1400 up to and including the 20th century, as well as various academic approaches to visual art. In addition, insight is provided into the cultural-historical background of visual art.


Tuesday from 13.00 till 15.00 hrs.
See also the timetable of Dutch Studies

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

There are separate examinations for part 1 and part 2; in both cases the examination consists of a written test with five open questions concerning style development and the characteristics of stylistic movements and the work of famous artists, base don the reproductions of paintings taken from the materials available on Blackboard.


Blackboard for course materials, power points and sample questions

Reading list

Texts and visual material on Blackboard (illustrated text with power points summarizing the most important information)


Via uSis.

Contact information

the study coördinator: Mrs.I. Zagar