ARTH 247(F) Flemish Art: Bruegel to Rubens

The most admired art in northern Europe during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries was produced in Antwerp (in present day Belgium). This city was home to the best known Flemish artists, such as Pieter Bruegel and his son Jan, Rubens and Van Dyck. In studying their art in this lecture course, we will also examine their studio practices, especially the collaboration of artists on a single work, their different narrative approaches, and their religious, political, and social messages conveyed by their works. We will also discuss official and popular religious practices and the images produced for different locations, including pilgrimage sites associated with miracle-working images. Evaluation based on midterm, 5-page paper, and final (with a prepared essay). Prerequisites: ArtH 101-102.