Age of Rembrandt - Online art history courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to

  • Discuss the significance of the social, religious and political factors that shaped 17th-century Dutch art
  • Discuss the various genres in which 17th-century Dutch artists worked: history painting, portraiture, genre painting, landscape and architectural painting, still-life painting
  • Describe the course of Rembrandt’s career and his influence on the art of the period
  • Identify key artists, their styles and artistic interests


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.  In addition to their dazzling pictorial realism, many of these images are rich in symbolic motifs, and their meaning and interpretation open up exciting avenues for discussion.

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. 

Recommended Prerequisite: ARTH 253/3.0


To be determined
Course Dates: 
Exam Dates: 
TBD (Online Final Exam)


20% Discussion Forums(4)

20% Quizzes (5)

20% Research Essay 

20% Exhibiton Assignment 

20% Final Exam Online 

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Proctored Exams

  • Students who have on-campus courses (or course sections) will write their final exams in-person and on-campus. These final exams will be administered through the central Exams Office.
  • Students who have courses (or course sections) that are remote or online, but who have other on-campus courses (or course sections) in their timetable, will write all of their final exams in-person and on-campus. These final exams will be administered* through the central Exams Office.
  • Students who have only remote or online courses (or course sections) in their timetable, and who require remote proctoring, will have their exams proctored using Examity.

Location and Timing of Final Examinations

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Professor Jane Russell Corbett (

Instructor message

Portrait of course instructor Jane Russell.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 (E-mail:

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week (120 hours per term)  in study/practice and online activity for ARTH 354.

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