Course: The Golden Age of Flemish and Dutch Painting

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Course title The Golden Age of Flemish and Dutch Painting
Course code DVU/VKUM2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kindl Miroslav, Mgr.
  • Zapletalová Jana, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1 lesson 2x45 minutes 1. Intoductory Lesson Introduction of the lectures, a brief introduction to the history of the United Dutch Provinces, Gouden Eeuw of the Dutch painting, the definition of the territory, basic terms 2. The Life in the Cities and the Countryside Cultural-Historical Excursion Introduction to painting specializations, painters inside churches, markets, public services, villagers and townspeople, love and foolishness, food, 3. The Dutch Landscape Painting I Landscape harmony, winter scene, nocturnes, cities, marina, tonal landscapes, classical landscape, Italianising landscape, open air drawing 4. The Dutch Landscape Painting II Personalities 5. The Genre Painting The ambiguities and nuances, poetry of everyday life 6. The Genre Painting II Personalities 7. The Still-Life Painting Ars longa, vita brevis, breakfasts and banquets, hunting scenes, vanitas, luxury, the tulips and bouquets, trompe-l'?il 8. The Portrait Painting The history of portraiture, fashion, wedding portraits, professional portraits, group portraits, family portraits, children's portraits, commoners, artists portraits and self-portraits, costume portraits 9. The History Painting The appreciation of painting arts, history and present, moral dilemma 10. Rembrandt van Rijn and His Students and Followers 11. The Theorists and Theories of Painting of the 17th century Netherlands 12. The Dutch and Flemish Artists in Central Europe of the 17th Century

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Projection (static, dynamic)
Learning outcomes
The lectures will introduce students to important century in which the Flemish and Dutch painting reached its peak and besides the Italian art it stood in the forefront of European development. In addition to the aspects of art history, distinguishing the Catholic south (Flanders, Brabant, Luxembourg etc.) and the Calvinist north (Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands) we will study the aspects of cultural-historical character, distinguishing the two countries even significantly. The Civil War, the change of denomination and the separation of large part of the old Netherlands (Low Countries) during the second half of the 16th century caused a distinct historical development of both counties. Earlier culturally homogeneous territory was divided. While the south remained under the scepter of King of Spain strictly Catholic, artists enjoyed patronage of the Catholic Church and the rapid economic development has slowed, the Calvinist north, receiving religious refugees from all over Europe, was economically very rapidly rising. The rise was reflected in all the aspects of cultural life. Almost non-existent church patronage was replaced by market mechanisms and a large part of the artists were forced to specialization. The art market was left by one very important player to be substituted by hundreds or even thousands of smaller ones with specific requirements. In northwest Europe constituted a prosperous new state entity, The Republic of Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands, which in the 17th century became the richest and most advanced country in Europe, trading with all then-known world. Fine art and painting in particular reflected the status and wealth of the Dutch society. The lectures will present the requirements and tastes of the awakened class of merchants and burghers and enterprising and growing rich aristocracy. All expressed on the canvases of the painters with forays into historical, social and economic spheres.
Orientation in the theory of painting and style development recommended for the 1st year of masters's degree.
The elementary orientation in the Dutch art of the 17th century. Understanding the specifics of the development and its impact on fine arts.

Assessment methods and criteria
successful completion of colloquium
Recommended literature
  • Online Resources for the Study of Dutch Art History:
  • Lubomír Slavíček. (2000). Flemish Paintings of the 17th and 18th Centuries.. Praha.
  • Lubor Machytka - Gabriela Elbelová (ed.). (2000). Olomoucká obrazárna II., Nizozemské malířství 16.-18. století z olomouckých sbírek.. Olomouc 2.
  • Seymour Slive. (1995). Dutch Painting 1600-1800. Yale.
  • Stefan Bartilla. (2009). Flámské a holandské malířství od 16. do raného 18. století.. Hluboká nad Vltavou.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts The History of Art and the Theory of Art (2015) Theory and history of arts 1 Summer