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L’Age d’or: 17th Century European Art

This course is organised around the comparative analysis of the art and architectural achievements of urban and court cultures during the 17th century in Flanders, the Dutch Republic, France, and England. Topics under consideration encompass royal and courtly portraiture, including artists like Rubens, Van Dyck, and Le Brun, as well as individual and civic portraiture representing the Dutch middle classes by artists such as Rembrandt and Hals. Additionally, the course examines genre painting and the commercialisation of imagery depicting everyday life, with works by Steen and Brouwer. It explores the creation of domestic scenes in Dutch daily life, featuring artists like Vermeer, Metsu, and Ter Borch, the emergence of landscape painting exemplified by Poussin, Lorrain, Hobbema, and Ruisdael, and the utilisation of architecture and urban spaces to convey royal authority and, at times, resistance against it.

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