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HA4327: The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer

Module Coordinator: Dr Philip McEvansoneya
Duration of the Module: Michaelmas and Hilary semesters
Contact Hours: 1 lecture pw, and 4 seminars per semester
Weighting: 10 ECTS

This module will examine some of the wealth of artistic production in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. The module will be based around the study of Rembrandt and Vermeer as contrasting and complementary figures who represent some of the diverse tendencies of the time. This will entail the study of the development of individual styles and subject matter ranging from history painting to portraiture, landscape and genre painting. The distinct artistic character associated with centres of production, even ones that were geographically close, will be assessed with an emphasis on Amsterdam, Delft and Utrecht. The final block of the module will look at the posthumous reputations of Rembrandt and Vermeer, examining questions of attribution, authenticity, canonicity and rediscovery.

On completion of the module students should, relative to the year of study, be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of seventeenth-century Dutch art, and the work of Rembrandt and Vermeer in particular, in its historical and cultural context;
  • present, both orally and in writing, confident and accurate analysis of seventeenth-century Dutch art;
  • engage in discussion inter-relating the events, artists, concepts, influences, and texts studied on the course;
  • carry out observantly the visual analysis of works of art using the appropriate vocabulary and demonstrating the skills of interpretation and contextualization


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