TREASURE HUNT IN FAMOUS DUTCH ART MUSEUMS

OVERWHELMED BY ART
Visiting an art museum in The Netherlands can be a wonderful, but quite overwhelming experience. There are the famous paintings of great masters of the so-called Golden Age, by, for example Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals, but also the more modern paintings of Vincent van Gogh. There will be as many questions as there are answers: How did Rembrandt manage to depict details without painting them? How did the Frisian artist M.C. Escher come up with his (sometimes seemingly) impossible compositions? Why would a bunch of artists in Groningen form a group and call it The Plow? And how Dutch were the paintings of one of the most famous Dutch painters, Vincent van Gogh?

Learning Goals:
WHAT MAKES DUTCH ART DUTCH?
Revealing the history, the hidden meanings and the essentially Dutch traits of Dutch painting from the Golden Age to the present day.

GOLDEN AGE I
A virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

GOLDEN AGE II
A virtual tour of the Mauritshuis in the Hague.

MODERN AGE
A virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam & Kröller-Müller, Otterlo.

DUTCH ART AND BEYOND
A virtual tour of the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden & Groninger Museum, Groningen.
 
HOW IT WORKS
This course will give students an elaborate summary of the history and meaning of Dutch painting of the Golden Age and the Modern Age by means of the virtual exploration of some of the most loved and visited museums in the Netherlands. The course consists of lectures and interactive, engaging assignments, culminating in an excursion to two of the most famous museums in Amsterdam: the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.