• Fundamental knowledge about the development of art and architecture in the West from the Middle Ages to the present, with a focus on the Netherlands;|
• Ability to identify the main works and artists in the history of Western art, with a focus on the Netherlands;
• Ability to recognize differences in style and artistic developments;
• Introduction to key terms and concepts concerning materials, techniques, functions, and meanings in art and architecture;
• Reflection on various critical issues in the historiography of art.
This is an overview course of the history of Western art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention goes to the art of the Netherlands, which has played a key role on the European stage from Jan van Eyck as alleged inventor of oil painting, through the Golden Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, to Vincent van Gogh and renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. You will learn about these Dutch masters in their international context including the Italian Renaissance, the Flemish Baroque, the English Enlightenment, transatlantic modernism, and the globalizing art world of the contemporary age.
Lecturers from different specializations will illuminate some of the key works in the history of art and architecture and engage you in critical discussions concerning technique, style, function, and meaning. The course provides the fundamental knowledge, centered on the Low Countries and Europe, that will be expanded on in the Global Visions course in Block 2.
This course is not intended for Art History students.