The Dutch Global Age
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-KGB280
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Art History;
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prof. dr. H. Grootenboer
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prof. dr. H. Grootenboer
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prof. dr. H. Grootenboer
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. H. Grootenboer
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M.S. Meessen, MA
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Academic year2022
PER 1-PER 2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After completion of the course Expansion and Reflection: Visual Culture of the Dutch Republic, the student is able to

1) describe, analyse, contextualise and critically engage with the dominant developments in the visuals arts of the 17th century in the Netherlands
2) draw comparisons between works of art on the basis of geographical, chronological, political, economical and social changes
3) describe and interpret developments within the fields of philosophy and art theory and place works within these specific frameworks
4) engage critically with the notion that art historical knowledge is subject to changes depending on approaches that have been influenced by changes in our present-day society.
5) organise and conduct research under supervision on a specific set of questions by applying the methods, theories and skills offered in the course to selected works of art.
6) understand, explain and critically engage with academic literature and apply these texts on selected works and questions, and communicate the results of research orally or written according to professional standards.
The Dutch Republic was Europe‚Äôs first modern economy. It can be characterised by a massive global expansion and unprecedented commercial growth. This course deals with the visual culture of seventeenth-century Netherlands and the way in which people through images  (including painting, prints and drawings) reflected on this expansion. We focus on various innovative art forms that emerged in response to the demand of a new cultural elite of educated merchants, that includes novel genres such as paintings of interiors, seascapes and shops, as well as maps, exotica, and luxury collectibles such as shells.  What was the role and meaning of art in the Republic?   What do paintings reveal about the attitude of the Dutch people to the colonies, to other European countries, and to themselves? What do collections of curiosities tell us about the relation of self and world, the familiar and the foreign? This course takes the recently shifting perspectives on Dutch art as a starting point. Topics include: the status of the home; new class distinctions; the shifting relations between genders; the role of women as artists, scholars and collectors (Maria Sibylla Merian, Anna Maria van Schurman, Petronella Oortman), the representation of slavery; the depiction of labour (and leisure); the politics of portraiture; the delineation of intimacy and privacy; and the notion of the self.  
Dit is een tweedejaars kunstgeschiedenis vak dat is open voor studenten van andere studierichtingen binnen een minor.
Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
De cursus heeft een tentamen en een onderzoekspaper. 
Excursies naar musea en andere plaatsen in Nederland zijn een essentieel en verplicht onderdeel van de cursus.
Required materials
Inleidende literatuur wordt ter beschikking gesteld, specifieke studies moeten door de student worden gezocht.
Title:The Art of the Dutch Republic: 1585-1717, ook uitgekomen onder de titel A Worldly Art
Author:Mariet Westermann
Publisher:Lawrence King Publishing

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

combinatie van hoorcollege en werkcollege (voor alle sessies)

Written exam
Test weight50
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade

Test weight50
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade