Italy, Florence

Tuscany and the Low Countries: Artistic Relations (1450-1650)

when 16 July 2012 - 27 July 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1050

In fifteenth century Italy Netherlandish paintings became prized collector items among wealthy Italian bankers and merchants who went to the Low Countries for business. They were struck by the extraordinary degree of realism northern painting exhibited thanks to use of oil painting. The enduring collecting mania of, for instance, the Medici, brought many masterpieces by Netherlandish painters to Florence were they can still be admired. At the same time, Netherlandish paintings attracted the attention of Italian painters who eagerly sought to achieve the same naturalistic effects by replacing tempera with oil paint. This course offers an unique opportunity to understand why Netherlandish painting made such an impression on Italian collectors and painters and to what extent Italian Renaissance painting was influenced by it.
Topics: The Medici and early Netherlandish art (patronage); the impact of Netherlandish painting on painting in Italy, especially in Florence (artistic response)

Course leader

Kwakkelstein, Michael (prof. dr.)

Target group

Anyone seriously interested in the subject matter of the course.

Course aim

Mastery of basic concepts and terminology of art historical studies is an essential aspect of this course.

A research paper (2400 words)
A presentation

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1050: Course + course materials + housing


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

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