The Age of Rembrandt

ARTH 354/3.0

A detailed study of paintings produced in the Netherlands, ca. 1580-1700. Developments in style and the growth of subject types such as genre, portraiture, landscape, and still life are examined in the cultural context of life in the Dutch Republic, with particular attention to the achievements of artists such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

Description

The seventeenth century was a vibrant period in Dutch culture and the paintings produced during this time testify to this.  While in many ways the seventeenth century was a very different world from our own, it was also quite similar with, for example, enormous developments being made in the sciences and technology.  It was also a tumultuous time, one when wars were fought over differences in religious belief.  Most people living in Europe were Christian, but there was intense conflict between those who remained faithful to Catholicism and those who broke away and followed the Protestant Reformers.  As you will see, this had a significant impact on the type of subjects painted in the Dutch Republic.

One of the most appealing aspects of the art produced in Holland during the seventeenth century is its wide range of subject matter.  While the portraits and religious themes produced by Rembrandt are among the most famous of all paintings, other Dutch artists of this period are renowned for their ability to capture the appearance of the everyday world around them.  The first half of this course will focus on paintings by Rembrandt and the artists associated with his circle; the second half will deal with areas of artistic specialization (landscape, still-life, and depictions of everyday life, etc.) through a study of works produced by painters such as Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Jacob van Ruisdael.  These paintings will be discussed in their social, political and religious contexts.

Recommended Prerequisite: ARTH 253/3.0

Evaluation

Response Papers (15% each, best 4 of 5)60%
Exhibition Assignment20%
5 Quizzes10%
5 Discussion Forums10%

Topics

1. Historical and Artistic Background
2. The Italian Influence c. 1590–1625
3. Rembrandt I: The Early Years in Leiden and Amsterdam
4. Rembrandt II: The Middle Years, c.1640-50
5. Rembrandt III: The Mature Years c. 1650-69
6. Portraiture
7. Genre Painting I and II
8. Landscape Painting
9. Architectural and Still Life Painting

Instructor

I welcome you to ARTH 354: The Age of Rembrandt. I have taught this course on the main campus at Queen's, at the Bader International Centre in Herstmonceux, England, and online. If, like me, you are interested in a wide variety of types of subject matter, I think you will find the material in this course both interesting and enjoyable.

Jane Russell Corbett (Email: jrc@queensu.ca)

 

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.

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