HISTART 463 - Varieties of Dutch and Flemish Painting
Section: 001 Pictorial Art Visual Culture in the Dutch Republic
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing and HISTART 102 or 260.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the extraordinary production of pictorial art in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century, and key roles played by pictures in the formation and life of the Dutch Republic. Our explorations will take us into the spheres of painting, drawings, prints, maps, book illustrations and the entire range of pictorial representations and technologies that constituted Dutch visual culture. The course will situate Dutch art within its historical and social circumstances, and investigate its relation to the broader visual culture of the Dutch Republic.

Lectures will give special emphasis to the innovative work in still life, landscape, portraiture, perspective and optics, and scenes of social life for which Netherlandish artists have long been renowned. Discussions will examine the character, meanings, and functions of these pictures; the aesthetic, social, and economic values they enjoyed, and the ways of seeing they generated. In the process we will look at how Dutch pictures were made and marketed, how people made sense of them, and how they circulated both in the Netherlands and beyond.

The course will involve a mix of lecture and discussion. Evaluation will be based on participation, several kinds of writing assignments (about 20 pages altogether) and a final examination.

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HISTART 463 - Varieties of Dutch and Flemish Painting
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0226015130
The Art of Describing, Author: Svetlana Alpers, Publisher: University of Chicago Press FIRST 1984
ISBN: 0300107234
A Worldly Art., Author: Mariet Westermann, Publisher: Yale University Press 2005
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