Art and the nation: the Dutch War of Independence and the French Revolution
Time: 10:45 - 13:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH27
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
We will spend the day looking at how art was, and is, used to engender a sense of belonging to a nation.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will begin with a brief look at the use of imagery by the Dutch to create a nation as part of their struggle for independence from the Spanish between 1568-1648. We will then look at how French revolutionaries promoted the concept of the ideal citizen before moving on to consider the idea of romantic nationalism and the use of national symbols.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Define the terms ‘ethnic nationalism’ and ‘romantic nationalism’
• Describe how French revolutionary artists such as David and Boilly used art to portray ideals of civic virtue, patriotism and republican liberty
• Explain how modern nations born out of decolonisation or revolution will require more complex national imagery than historically older ones.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for art, history or politics. No previous knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essent.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged.
We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs other than note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might consider enrolling on other day courses run by Vanessa King. Details will be provided in class.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University. She also teaches at Birbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London. Her expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. At City Lit Vanessa teaches London history and offers day schools on all aspects of medieval and early modern history. She also runs bridge courses at all levels. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine! For further information why not check out her website.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.