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HARC 0090 The Northern Renaissance

This course covers the flowering of northern European art during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.  Contrasting with Italian art of the period but providing a unique approach, Northern artists aimed to mirror reality by a minute study of nature. Works of Flemish, Dutch and German painters are studied, including Jan van Eyck, who reinvented the technique of oil painting, Rogier van der Weyden whose paintings are full of pathos, the mysterious works of Hieronymus Bosch and the genre painting of Pieter Bruegel. German art enters a new phase with the art of Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach who as well as embracing ‘Northern’ ideals were affected by the Renaissance art of Italy. The National Gallery, London, is an excellent repository for works of art of this period.   

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Garrett Fehner, Autumn Semester 2008, St Mary's College of Maryland