The Dutch and Flemish Golden Age

Course Dates: 27/04/22 - 08/06/22
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
From the grandeur of Rubens to the soul-searching of Rembrandt, we explore the many masters of one of the most influential eras of artistic production, in a region of tremendous diversity and innovation.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB391

Started Wed, day, 27 Apr - 08 Jun '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

From the early 16th century onwards, Europe was a religious battlefield as the rise of the reforming Protestant movement threatened the might of the Roman Catholic Church. In Northern Europe, as art ceased to be financed by the patronage of the church, it built on existing genres such as landscape painting, to develop into works designed for an emerging art market, whilst the religious reforms of Henry VIII in England, gave rise to a new style of portraiture. Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church gathered itself together to counter this religious reformation and for the first time, prescribed what art should and should not be about. This in turn gave rise to the Baroque, as it developed new styles of painting, architecture and sculpture which spread with great energy from Rome throughout the whole of Europe.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The religious events of 16th century Europe
- The artistic styles in Northern and Southern 16th century Europe
- The Reformation and its impact on Northern European art
- The Counter Reformation and the Rise of the Baroque, its main painters, sculptors and architects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have a basic understanding of the meaning and implications of the Reformation and Counter Reformation on European art and design
- Recognise the styles of art in Northern Europe after the Reformation
- Recognise the key features of the Baroque style and some of its leading artists.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with lecture, slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course. You will be informed of which galleries and museums contain works relevant to the course which you can visit.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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VB492 - Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures.

Leslie Primo

Leslie Primo has spent more than 15 years giving lectures to the general public at the National Gallery for the Information and Education departments. During this time he graduated with a degree in History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College of London. In his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, and the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings. He is also an accredited Art Society lecturer.

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.