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Dutch Painting 1400 – 1950: Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands, Cultuurwetenschap I


Admission requirements

Sufficient proficiency in English.


The Low Countries have made a rich contribution to art history with well-known artists and movements. The lectures of this thematic course on Dutch painting offer an overview of the visual arts from the 15th century to the present covering the characteristics of important moments in art history placing it in the context of Netherlandish culture and history. It covers Flemish Primitives (such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden), important 16th-century painters (e.g. Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel), and famous painters from the so-called ‘Dutch Golden Age’, esp. Rembrandt, Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael and Vermeer with an emphasis on developments in style, function and meaning of their paintings. Furthermore, the course discusses the many faces of modernism in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries focusing on Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.

Course objectives

The course offers an overview of artistic developments from 1400 up to and including the 20th century, as well as various academic approaches to the visual arts. Students will acquire skills in recognizing differences in style and artistic developments. Moreover, it provides insight into the cultural and historical contexts in which Netherlandish art flourished.


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Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

The course has two exams, both consisting of five open questions on developments of style, characteristics of movements and famous artists, and artwork commentary. The answers should be primarily based on the lectures and other course material available on Brightspace. The first exam in the mid-session interval covers art of the 15th and 16th centuries and determines 40% of the final mark. The second exam in December covers the Golden Age to the present and determines 60% of the final mark. Marks lower than 5.5 for the separate tests are not accepted. The average of both exams should be at least 6. If the final mark after the resit is lower than 6, then a student has to pass both parts in the following year.


There are resits for both exams in January.
A final mark for the resit lower than 5.5 means a fail for the whole course. Students will have to do the course again and pass both parts in the following year.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

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