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Northern Renaissance Art in Brussels

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Course: ARTH 199F/489F (3 Credits)

Location: Brussels, Belgium

When: To be announced

Register By: To be announced


  • Antwerp
  • Bruges
  • Gent
  • Private viewing of Medieval manuscripts in the Royal Library
  • The Bosch exhibition
  • Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels

The 14th through the 16th centuries were an exciting period for the history and culture of Northern Europe. Art was influenced by a world vision completely different from that of Italy and this, in turn, influenced its artistic expressions. Study the works of the pioneers of Flemish art - van Eyck, van der Weyden, and Campin with their infinite landscapes and dazzling details. You will learn about reality and symbol in Flemish art and see how it influenced the works of Bosch. In addition to developments in Flemish painting, you will also learn about painting in Germany, as well as sculpture, tapestry, and the building of Gothic cathedrals.

Topics include:

  • The pioneers: Campin, van Eyck, and van der Weyden
  • Reality and symbol in northern art
  • The cross influences between Northern Europe and Italy
  • Bosch: Art and witchcraft
  • Sculpture and architecture
  • Manuscripts and tapestries
  • Painting in Germany

May apply for general education requirements in humanities, art history minor, and electives.

Faculty: John Nolan, email

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