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Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands


Admission requirements

Sufficient proficiency in English.


The Netherlands have made a rich contribution to art history with many world famous artists and movements. The twelve lectures of this thematic course on Dutch art offer an overview of the visual arts from the 15th century to the present covering the characteristics of important artists and movements in the context of Dutch culture and history. It covers Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, important 16th-century painters such as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Brueghel the elder, and the Dutch Golden Age with an emphasis on developments in style, function and meaning of paintings. Furthermore the course discusses the many faces of modernism in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries focusing on artists such as 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 environment in which Dutch art flourished.


Tuesday from 13.00 till 15.00 hrs.
See also the timetable of Dutch Studies

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

The course has two exams, both consisting of five open questions on developments of style and characteristics of movements and famous artists, based on the reader and other course material available on Blackboard. 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 are not accepted. The average of both tests 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.


Blackboard is used for course materials, the power points presented during the lectures, and sample questions.

Reading list

The readers on Blackboard and additional course material on blackboard. For reference: R.H. Fuchs, Dutch Painting, London (Thames and Hudson) the most recent edition available in most Bookshops.


Via uSis.

Registration A la carte and contractonderwijs

A la Carte.

Contact information

Studentcoordinator: Ms. drs. I. van Kampen-Zagar
Teacher: “Ms. dr. M.E.W. Boers”: