The Art of the Low Countries

Four Lectures About the Art of Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp & Amsterdam

The first lecture traces the work of early Burgundian artists such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Hans Memling in Ghent, Bruges and Brussels. The second looks at Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Brueghel against the background of the Reformation.

The third talk is about the Counter Reformation and the Baroque and the work of Rubens and van Dyck in Antwerp and Brussels. The last focuses on Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Golden Age of Protestant Amsterdam. Together they explore the legacy of the war against Spain and the development of new subjects such as still-lives, landscapes and interiors.

The talks are designed for visitors to particular cities but can be reframed to focus on individual artists. They can also be offered as study days through a general introduction to Dutch and Flemish painting or a comparison of the work of Rubens and Rembrandt.

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I also offer separate talks about ‘The Art of Rembrandt ’ and ‘The Art of Rubens’ which can be combined as a study day.