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Pieter Bruegel and the Flemish Renaissance 1540-1600

In recent years new ideas have emerged concerning the life, work and influence of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. He was a key figure in the Flemish and Dutch Renaissance in the second half of the sixteenth century. He expanded the range of subject matter tackled by artists, from religious subjects to subjects of landscape and everyday life. In this way he was the inheritor and developer of Bosch’s subject matter and concepts.

This course is paired with Hieronymus Bosch and Netherlandish Art 1480-1540, though both courses can be taken independently. Bruegel's career allows us to explore the developing art market of the Low Countries and the diversification of media, in particular the new technique of print making, and the expansion and introduction of the subject areas of landscape and genre. These would be of great importance in the future, in the work of Flemish and Dutch artists of the seventeenth century. Bruegel particularly developed scenes of everyday life that mixed comedy and social protest. He also reveals his awareness of the expansion of the globe, voyages of discovery and current, ground-breaking intellectual developments in Antwerp and Brussels.

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

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

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    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
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    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

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  • 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 26-Apr-21 11am-1pm

Class code ARVC279H4AAA