Course overview

We shall discuss the tidal waves of history which enabled the Low Countries to become the driving force in trade, exploration and also painting at this time. This course will educate and entertain those with an interest in the life and work of three of the greatest artists of their age and probably of all time: Pieter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer

Course description

This course visits the time when the Netherlands reigned supreme. Freed from the yoke of Spain they flourished as traders, explorers and artists. The major art figures of the time were Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt; very different artists, very different personalities. Rubens the courtier, diplomat, charmer, very uxorious and a sharp business man., with a huge output from the Rubens “factory”. Rembrandt - hailed as a genius from an early age, very appreciative of the fairer sex, hard-working but brought down by being a terrible business man. He changed the way portraiture was thought of and reached the heights of renown, with his masterpiece cherished as the symbol of the Netherlands. Last but very much not least, Vermeer, a converted Catholic in a Protestant city, living with his mother-in-law and eventually eleven children. He produced two paintings a year, working on his own and selling his tiny output locally. Yet the exhibition this year at the Reijksmuseum was completely sold out just after it opened.

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