Mirrors of Nature, Dreams of Art: Northern Renaissance Art


Hieronymus Bosch, creator of fantastic imagery beloved by the Surrealists, was an upstanding, dues-paying, church-going citizen. In his paintings, the most famous of which is the Garden of Earthly Delights (Madrid: Museo del Prado), he built on a tradition of Christian religious art that grew out of late medieval practices-liturgical and in the studio. And he initiated new, sometimes bizarre ways of viewing the world. His is one artistic perspective on what it meant to be human in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that this course addresses. We will also study the finery and feasts and fashions of the Burgundian court; the unparalleled artistry of Jan van Eyck, whose jewel-like paintings serve as mirrors of his world; the making of a self-reflexive German art by Albrecht Dürer; and the urban humor of Pieter Bruegel. This course spans the period from c. 1400 to the middle of the sixteenth century in the Netherlands, Germany and northern France. Christian devotional practices, imperial politics, social revolt, and the "discovery" of the New World all figure in our considerations of the art of the era. Interested first-year students are welcome; there are no prerequisites. Please contact the instructor for permission.
Course Attributes: FA AH; EN H; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; GF AH; FA HUM; AR HUM

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Mirrors of Nature, Dreams of Art: Northern Renaissance Art
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