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The Evolution of Dutch Art in Four Parts with Jessica Sternbach

The Evolution of Dutch Art in Four Parts with Jessica Sternbach


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While the Dutch Republic is geographically compact, each of the seven provinces, Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overijssel, Friesland, and Groningen, has its own identity and artistic character. This multi-part lecture, led by art historian and Early Modern Dutch Expert Jessica Sternback, will delve into the various Dutch schools that arose in the seventeenth century and the artistic masters that emerged from their peers to capture our eyes, minds, and hearts. Participants can expect an enriching look into some familiar masterpieces such as Rembrandt's "Night Watch" while also learning about less familiar artists such as Judith Leyster and Gerard ter Borch.

Part 1. The (Northern) Renaissance Tradition
This lecture goes back in time to explore the Renaissance in Northern Europe and the precedents set for Dutch artists in the following century. History has often examined Italian traditions, but the Renaissance in Northern Europe had its own unique visual language. The stunning color palettes and meticulous renderings of texture rippled throughout history and echo in the famous pieces of Dutch Masters a century later.

Part 2. Taverns and Palaces: Haarlem and the Hague
These centers of art production and political power tapped into the vibrancy and vibrations of the Baroque. We will begin examining the Haarlem school known for boisterous brushwork and celebrations of civic duty. From the merchant militias, we will move to the Hague, the center of court life where a more international style of the Baroque took hold.

Part 3. The Legacy of Rembrandt: The Detailed Eyes of Amsterdam, Leiden, and Delft Artists
This lecture looks at the art emerging from Amsterdam, where Rembrandt established his school, particularly in their celebration of architecture and breakfast pieces. We will then follow the fijnschilders (fine painters), many of whom emerged from Rembrandt's workshop and developed a pristine technique in the city of Leiden. Like the fijnschilders, the Delft school relished smooth canvases with awe-inspiring amounts of detail, but they also became dedicated to revolutionary optical effects.

Part 4. The Oddballs: The Utrecht Caravaggisti and Chameleons
Utrecht was one of the only cities in the Dutch Republic with a Catholic majority, and so their artistic tastes were fueled by the work of Caravaggio and his followers in Rome. Their dark compositions stand in literal contrast to the rest of their countrymen. With the knowledge of the active schools in the Dutch Republic, we will end with artists who adapted their brush to the various Dutch schools, making the best techniques from each to create true masterclasses in the Dutch style.

Jessica Sternbach began studying Art History at Willamette University and was instantly drawn to the vivid colors and impeccable detail of Northern Renaissance artworks. She continued this passion for the Northern painters throughout her education at the Institute of Fine Arts (MA) and Temple University where she is currently working on her Ph.D. Travel has always been a passion for Jessica who studied abroad in Rome during her junior year at Willamette and returned to the Eternal City for a summer to work at Context Travel’s Rome office. Since that time, she has visited several countries checking off her art “bucket list.” During her time in Los Angeles, she worked at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Kris Shapar (London, GB)
Great course

I learned a lot from the course and hope to see more talks from Dr. Sternbach.

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Linda Valentine (Highland, US)
Dutch Art Survey is information packed

Jessica packs a tremendous amount of information into her 4 part series. She speaks clearly, moving the course along at a good pace.

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L.V. (Baltimore, US)
Informative, well prepared, well delivered

Jessica covers many artists, place, history in an insightful and engaging way.

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Kris Shapar (London, GB)
Great course

I learned a lot from the course and hope to see more talks from Dr. Sternbach.

L
Linda Valentine (Highland, US)
Dutch Art Survey is information packed

Jessica packs a tremendous amount of information into her 4 part series. She speaks clearly, moving the course along at a good pace.

L
L.V. (Baltimore, US)
Informative, well prepared, well delivered

Jessica covers many artists, place, history in an insightful and engaging way.