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Undergraduate Course: Fifteenth-Century Netherlandish Art II: The Age of Hans Memling (LLLA07273)

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 second of two courses exploring the rich artistic talent of the Netherlands in the fifteenth century. During this period, urbanisation brought rich patrons who employed some of the most gifted artists of their day: painters such as Petrus Christus, Hans Memling, and Hugo van der Goes. This course will examine the work of these artists and others, and their contribution to Netherlandish and European culture.
Course description 1. The Burgundian Court and its identity as the arbiter of taste in Europe. Petrus Christus, successor to Jan van Eyck, Madonna of Jan Vos, Goldsmith in his Shop, the first advertising billboard? Last Judgement.

2. Dirk Bouts, his relationship to Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden. The Lamentation and the Last Judgement.

3. Hans Memling, the most successful portraitist of his generation in the Burgundian Netherlands, Portrait of a Man with a Pink, Portrait of Gilles Joye, Portrait of William and Barbara Moreel.

4. Petrus Christus, portraiture, Portrait of a Carthusian, Portrait of a Young Girl.

5. Hugo van der Goes, melancholy and mediocrity, The Death of the Virgin, Monforte Altarpiece, Nativity with Shepherds.

6. Hans Memling part 2, a medieval mystery, the Last Judgement and Hugo van der Goes, the Portinari Altarpiece.

7. Netherlandish Art in transition: Quentin Matsys; Geertgen tot Sint James and Jan Gossart.

8. The Music of the Burgundian Netherlands expressed in the paintings.

9. The Art of Magnificence; the shaping of society in the fifteenth century, the sumptuary laws, the role of the chivalric code, the changing social order. Illuminated manuscripts.

10. Gerard David, the Justice of Cambyses, the Virgin among Virgins, the Nativity Triptych.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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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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