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Undergraduate Course: Fifteenth-Century Netherlandish Art I: The Age of Jan van Eyck (LLLA07272)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe first of two courses exploring the rich artistic talent of the Netherlands in the fifteenth century. During this period, the innovative approaches of painters such as Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin, and Rogier van der Weyden profoundly influenced artistic developments across Western Europe, including Italy. This course will examine the careers of these artists and others of their time, considering their contribution to fifteenth-century European culture.
Course description 1. Introduction to Burgundy: The Court and its identity focused on the cult of chivalry, Melchior Broederlam, The Dijon Altarpiece, Claus Sluter, The Well of Moses.

2. The van Eyck Brothers, The Ghent Altarpiece.

3. Altarpieces: Robert Campin, The Merode Triptych, Rogier van der Weyden, The Last Judgement , Jan van Eyck, The Madonna of Canon van der Paele.

4. Painters and their personalities: Robert Campin, Miscreant and Pilgrim.

5. Painters and their personalities: Rogier van der Weyden, piety and pathos.

6. Painters and their personalities: Jan van Eyck, his sense of the past.

7. The development of Portraiture, part 1: Campin, Portrait of a Man and a Woman, van Eyck, The Arnolfini Couple.

8. Portraiture part 2: van Eyck, The Rolin Madonna, Rogier van der Weyden, members of the court.

9. The cult of chivalry and its effects on material culture, the Order of the Golden Fleece, tapestries, embroideries, Books of Hours.

10. Material culture part 2: clothes, jewellery, the sumptuary laws.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a wide-ranging knowledge of the major Netherlandish artists
  2. Appreciate their role in the changing status of the artist
  3. Understand the role of patronage for art production during this period
  4. Critically engage with the historical circumstances and extant evidence
Reading List
The relevant chapters of either:
Gombrich, E.H., 2000. The Story of Art, 4th ed. London: Phaidon.
Honour, H., and Fleming, J., 1995. A World History of Art, 4th ed. London: Lawrence King.

Friedländer, M., 1981. From van Eyck to Bruegel (Landmarks in Art History), 4th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Harbison, Craig, 2003. The Mirror of the Artist, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Nash, Susie, 2008, Northern Renaissance Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual analysis of art and material culture
Comparative analysis
Critical analysis of material culture in artistic and socio-political contexts
Communication of critical interpretations in a concise, lucid and coherent form
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMrs Anthea Coleman-Chan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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