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Hieronymus Bosch and Netherlandish Art 1480-1540

Our online short course Hieronymus Bosch and Netherlandish Art 1480-1540 consists of 11 live sessions focusing on the art and influence of this intriguing, early Flemish Renaissance painter. You will develop your understanding of the career of this artist, the various media he worked in and the times in which he lived.

On this course we will also explore new research prompted by the anniversary of Bosch’s death 500 years ago which has benefited from technological advances in analysing art objects. We will discuss new insights that have emerged as to the origins of his unusual subject matter, his patrons, and the influence of his work upon Netherlandish painters throughout the remainder of the sixteenth century, particularly upon the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

The Hieronymus Bosch and Netherlandish Art short course gives you the opportunity to study the work of this mysterious painter in depth. In examining some of this new research, we will seek to understand the social, political and artistic context of his life and work. This module is paired with Pieter Bruegel and the Flemish Renaissance 1540-1600, so you can continue your study of the Flemish Renaissance. Both modules can also be taken independently.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in art history. No prior study of art history is expected, though you should be able to write and discuss your ideas in English. The course is assessed by a 2500-word essay at the end and your tutor will support you with preparation for this.

If you wish to progress your studies further in this fascinating subject, we offer a range of one- and two-term short courses and study days. You can also use credits from this course towards our History of Art Certificate in Higher Education which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree and can be used to progress straight into the second year of our BA programmes.

You can with questions about this course or any of our other art history courses.

This course is currently being run online.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 11-Jan-21 11am-1pm

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