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Lecture Course Architecture: Highlights Dutch Architecture 1000-1850


Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Art History.


In 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 the architectural history section will offer a course, open to all students, on the highlights of Dutch architecture. In 2011-2012 we will present the period from the earliest beginnings of Dutch architecture c. 1000 until 1850. (In 2012-2013 topics will be selected from the period from roughly 1850-2000.)

This year’s course 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.


Provisional timetable: Tuesday 19.00 – 20.30 uur. Final timetable on: Timetable

Mode of instruction

Lecture course and excursion.

Assessment method

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


Yes, see Blackboard.

Reading list

To be announced.


Via Usis.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Email: Prof.dr. C.A. van Eck (coordinator).


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