ARTH-236-01 Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt
Spring for 2016-2017
The career of Rembrandt van Rijn spanned the great age of Dutch culture and political power that followed the nation's independence from Spain in the seventeenth century. This course will focus on the art of Rembrandt and his contemporaries in this “Golden Age,” when these artists produced an unprecedented number of paintings and prints for a remarkably broad spectrum of society. During this period, tourists visiting the Dutch Republic, who were used to seeing works only in collections of the elite, were astonished to observe paintings in the abodes of butchers, bakers and farmers. Many of these works, painted with remarkable naturalism, featured new secular genres, such as still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes, and scenes of daily life. Our investigation of the works by Rembrandt and his contemporaries will explore their relation to societal and cultural factors including: the rise of a mercantile culture, the impact of continuing religious turmoil, a growing understanding of the role of observation in the sciences, and advances in global exploration and trade.
*for ARTH majors, fulfills the Renaissance/Baroque distribution requirement
**for ARTH minors, fulfills the post-1600 distribution requirement