Art & Design Building 2026
Section Information for Spring 2017
Europe experienced religious, political conflicts and economic transformations from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. This course examines the ways in which artists in the Netherlands, England, and the German regions responded to those intersecting forces and created works that shaped the cultures of their time. We will study the celebrated paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, and their contemporaries, as well as architecture, prints, and the decorative arts. Topics include: the emergence of capitalism and a flourishing art market; the impact of religious strife on artistic production; the development of new genres; the intersections between art and scientific inquiry; cultural encounters and colonial expansion. Lectures, discussions, and assignments are designed to help students situate works of art within their historical context and develop the skills of visual analysis, critical reading, and writing. ARTH 345 fulfills the general education requirement in the arts.
Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.