Netherlands, Utrecht

A Journey Through Dutch Art

when 21 July 2014 - 15 August 2014
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 2250

Take up residence in the beautiful city of Utrecht for four weeks and experience the highlights of over 400 years of Dutch art first hand. This course covers many of the country’s most renowned museums, artists and cities, and the interactive activities for a large part take place in front of the original art works.

The first half of the course focuses on Dutch Art of the Golden Age, the time of legendary painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Until recently, most art from this period was seen as technically good but just too realistic, where was the artists’ imagination? Today, the perspective has changed and the value of Golden Age artworks has soared. When you want to discover what is so special about Dutch Golden Age art, you will embark on a fascinating journey where nothing is what it seems.

The second half of the course focuses on European and Dutch modern art, from Van Gogh to Picasso to Mondrian, it will explore Modern Dutch Art in a European Art context. In the 19th and 20th century there was no longer a fixed ideal of excellence for artists to strive towards. It is the period of the –isms, such as Impressionism, Cubism and Expressionism. But despite the obvious differences between the movements, each of them strove for the same thing: to create an art more truthful than ever before. Throughout this course, you will be encouraged to discover the various strategies artists used to attain this ideal of truthfulness, from architects and graphic designers to painters and sculptors, and how Dutch artists made their unique contribution to European Art in this period. Ultimately, you will both have acquired knowledge and understanding of Dutch modern art and have a better understanding of European modern art in general.

After covering over 400 years of Dutch art you will be able to recognise certain painters, art movements and hidden meanings without even looking at the name tag underneath the painting.

This special track consists of:
Nothing Is What It Seems: Dutch Art of the Golden Age
From Van Gogh to Picasso: Modern European and Dutch Art

Course leader

Nausikaä El-Mecky, MA, PhD Candidate

Target group

The course is open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History.

Course aim

Gives students a broad overview of Dutch art of the past 400 years through the exploration of culture, daily life, academic approaches, excursions and case-studies.

Credits info

8 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 2250: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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