ARTH 341: Northern Renaissance Art

ARTH 341-001: Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
(Spring 2024)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Art & Design Building L008

Section Information for Spring 2024

The astonishing lifelikeness of Jan van Eyck’s paintings, the technical virtuosity of Albrecht Dürer’s prints, and the careful observations of Pieter Bruegel’s depictions of peasants exemplify the art of Northern Europe during the Renaissance. This course examines how these creations were produced in a period marked by plagues, war, and religious upheaval. We will study the role played by visual images in spiritual practices, and how the Protestant Reformation brought radical changes. We will study the aristocratic courts as centers of artistic patronage and the rise of the art market in prosperous towns. Artistic innovations, including the new technology of print and emergence of new subjects, will be another focus. We will also consider the emerging cultural ideas that elevated artists to the status of supremely gifted creators.


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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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