Undergraduate Course: The Art of Rembrandt and Vermeer (LLLA07159)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course explores in detail the work of the two most famous artists of 17th-century Holland, studying their creative processes as well as the cultural, religious and political context of the period. A visit to the National Gallery of Scotland will be included.
The following list is indicative; weekly content may alter slightly from year to year, depending on current exhibitions etc.
1. The historical and cultural context of the new Dutch republic in the 17th century, and the origins of the modern "art world".
2. The young Rembrandt in Leiden and Amsterdam, 1625-40
3. Rembrandt's portraiture, compared to that of his contemporaries
4. The development of Rembrandt's religious vision
5. Rembrandt's final years, 1658-69
6. The early work of Vermeer, 1654-60
7. Visit to the National Gallery of Scotland to study relevant drawings, etchings and paintings
8. Vermeer and the Genre Picture
9. The Art of Describing and the Camera Obscura
10. Interpreting Vermeer
Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Vermeer, contemporaries in the highly distinctive "art world" of 17th-century Holland, produced some of the greatest paintings of their time, yet their aims and creative processes were very different. As well as studying their careers in depth, the course will use their work, as well as that of some of their Dutch contemporaries, as a focus for understanding the cultural, religious and political context of the period. A visit to the National Gallery of Scotland will be included, to look at relevant drawings and etchings as well as paintings.
Students should display all the learning outcomes in the summative assessment. Student progress with learning outcomes will be assessed in the formative exercise (non-compulsory).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| 0
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 1
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2,000 word essay worth 100% of mark.
||Formal formative assessment is provided at the mid-point of each semester, in the form of a practice essay (non-compulsory). Tutor returns feedback; students may follow up with discussion.
Tutor will provide detailed written feedback on the summative assessment, submitted after the end of the taught course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, through the summative assessment, an appreciation of the creative achievements of Rembrandt and Vermeer, and their innovative techniques.
- Demonstrate, through the summative assessment, an ability to interpret the meanings of key works in the context of broader cultural developments of the period.
- Demonstrate, through the summative assessment, an ability to analyse the formal qualities of 17th-century paintings using appropriate vocabulary.
|Clark, K., 1978. An Introduction to Rembrandt. London: J. Murray.|
Wheelock, A., 1995. Vermeer and the Art of Painting. Newhaven CT: Yale University Press.
Schama, S., 1999. Rembrandt's Eyes. London: Allen Lane.
Schwartz, G., 2014. Rembrandt's Universe: His Art, His Life, His World. London: Thames and Hudson.
Alpers, S., 1983. The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the 17th Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Gowing, L., 1952. Vermeer. London: Faber and Faber.
Steadman, P., 2002. Vermeer's Camera: Uncovering the Truth behind the Masterpieces. Oxford: Oxford Paperbacks.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Synthesis of a large body of material;
Handling of sources;
Analysis of sources;
|Course organiser||Dr Sally Crumplin
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855