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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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ARTH 228 - Northern Renaissance Art
The course surveys painting, prints, and sculpture in the Netherlands, Germany, and France c. 1300-1580. This includes art produced for courts, churches, civic bodies, and private patrons among the growing middle classes in the cities of Western Europe. Rather than presuming a “Northern style” defined in contrast to the art of the Italian Renaissance, we will aim to understand regional and individual tendencies on their own terms.

With emphasis on the work of major figures such as Van Eyck, Bosch, Dürer, Holbein, and Bruegel, we will consider changing circumstances of the production, function, iconography, patronage, and commerce of art in the period. As we read a range of scholarly approaches to the material, the works of art themselves will remain our prime targets of inquiry and reflection.


James Snyder, Northern Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, and the Graphic Arts 1350-1575, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2004.

Additional readings provided on Blackboard

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art & Art History Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/RCST Western Europe, HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul

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