History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 341: Northern Renaissance Art

ARTH 341-001: Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
(Fall 2017)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Art & Design Building 2026

Section Information for Fall 2017

This course examines the art and architecture produced north of the Alps from the late fourteenth century through the sixteenth century. This period saw social, political, and religious turmoil, but also tremendous artistic and cultural innovations. We will pay particular attention to the connections between art and religious life, including the visualization of the spiritual, the viewer’s interaction with the devotional image, and the radical changes brought by the Reformation. We will examine the aristocratic courts as centers of patronage, as well as the development of the art market in towns. We will also study the exchanges with Italy and the cultural ideas that led to the elevation of artists such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch, and Pieter Bruegel to the status of supremely gifted creators. Lectures, examinations, and writing assignments are designed to help students develop the skills of visual analysis and critical thinking.

Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies in the art of France, Germany, and the Netherlands in the age of Van Eyck and Durer. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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