Faculty of Arts


Northern European Art 1400 – 1600

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ARTHIST 203.


This course surveys art in the Netherlands during the 15th and 16th centuries in painting, and to a lesser extent sculpture, manuscript illumination and tapestry. The first half of the course concerns 15th century art in Burgundy and Flanders: Claus Sluter, Robert Campin, the Van Eycks, Hugo van der Goes and Hieronymus Bosch. Issues of religious symbolism, contemporary approaches to the portrait and landscape and the functions of art at the time are also addressed.

The second half of the course deals with the changing artistic situation over the 16th century in Flanders and Holland; the development of new genres such as landscape, still-life, architectural paintings, markets and low life subjects. Artists examined include Jan Gossaert, Quentin Massys, Bernard van Orley, Pieter Bruegel and Pieter Aertsen. This course is taught concurrently with ARTHIST 303.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Iain Buchanan


Coursework + exam


ARTHIST 203: 15.0 points


Any 30 points at Stage I in Art History or 30 points at Stage I listed in European Studies



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