Dürer to Bruegel: Northern Renaissance Art c.1480-1580 (Online)
This course serves as a sequel to the course ‘Van Eyck to Memling: Northern Renaissance Art c.1430-1480’, but also stands as a self-contained course. The ten sessions explore the riches of Northern European art from c.1480-1580; artists including Dürer, Bosch, Holbein and Bruegel will be studied, as well as the prints and sculpture of the period.
Listen to Dr Victoria Mier talking about the course:
Studies of Renaissance art from around 1480 tend to focus on Italy. This course will examine the contribution of Northern artists to this extraordinary period in European history, artists including Dürer, Bosch, Holbein and Bruegel. The development of printing in the north and the devastating impact of the Reformation, as well as the continuing involvement of civic and religious patrons and the intellectual impetus of humanism, provided both great challenges and great opportunities for artists. The changes created by the fusion of medieval artistic practices and Renaissance concerns makes the period a rich and exciting one. Following on from the course on Van Eyck to Memling: Northern Renaissance Art c.1430-1480, this course will explore the role that art played in the great cultural changes and developments between c.1480-1580, and the way that artists responded to these new challenges.
For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.
Unit 1: Art and Artists
- A word about Germany
- The status of the artist
- The purpose of works of art
- The importance of prints
- Landscape and travel
- Italian influences
Unit 2: Patronage
- Art in the cities
- The Nuremberg Chronicle
- Civic paintings
- Private patronage and civic pride
- The Fugger Chapel
Unit 3: Portraiture
- Hans Memling
- Albrecht Durer
- Hans Holbein the Younger
Unit 4: Private Devotion
- The Book of Hours of Mary of Burgundy
- Private devotion in public places
Unit 5: The Materialisation of Faith
- The fabric of the church
- Stained glass
Unit 6: The Art of Dying
- Morality and death
- Memento mori
- Death and resurrection
Unit 7: Prints
- Martin Schongauer
- Albrect Durer
- Durer’s Adam and Eve
Unit 8: Beyond Craft
- Italy and the north
Unit 9: Nature and Human Nature
- Pure landscape
- The German forest
- Fantasy and realism
- Panoramic landscape
- Pieter Bregel the Elder
- Hieronymus Bosch
- Nature and human morality
Unit 10: Art and Reformation
- Veit Stoss
- Monochrome sculpture
- Art and propaganda
- Subject matter
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following book:
- Smith, Jeffrey Chipps, The Northern Renaissance (Phaidon, London and New York, 2004) ISBN 0714838675.
Additional reading and resources:
- Harbison, Craig, The Mirror of the Artist (Abrams, New York, 1996) - recommended as complementary to the core text.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.
For more information on CATS point please click on the link below: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/studentsupport/faq/cats.php
Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
EU Fee: £280.00
Non-EU Fee: £300.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
Dr Victoria Mier
This course aims to introduce students to the:
- art of the Northern Renaissance (c1480-c1580), its richness, diversity and meaning in terms of its cultural context.
- studying the art of the period thematically with the aid of a core text and other recommended reading and internet links.
- encouraging students, both individually and in group discussion, to analyse works of art and consider the role of art in the society of the day.
This course will:
- introduce students to the concerns (cultural, iconographic and stylistic) of the art of Northern Europe in the period c1480-c1580.
- familiarise students with a range of works of art and artists from the period.
- guide students through the core text, encouraging critical reading of the material.
- enable students to think about, verbalise and discuss with others a range of issues relevant to the art of the period.
- encourage students to develop art history skills.
By the end of this course students will be able to understand:
- a range of interests and uses of art in Northern Europe in the specified period.
- the sense in which Northern art was part of ‘the Renaissance’.
- the role of art and of the artist in Northern Europe at this time.
- the way in which different materials and types of art reflect or express attitudes and values attributed to art in Northern Europe in this period.
By the end of this course students will have gained the ability to:
- evaluate the art of the period according to objective methods.
- identify a range of works of art and artists.
- think about and verbalise their response to a range of art historical issues as they apply to this period.
Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment of 500 words due half way through the course and one longer assignment of 1500 words due at the end of the course.
Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
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Level and demands
FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.
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