The Dutch Golden Age
The Dutch Golden Age at a glance
During this course, Dr. Nick Gordon, will delve into the art and history of the Dutch Golden Age in detail, from the unexpected rise of a global empire to the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Vermeer and their contemporaries.
This lecture series contains the following content:
- A new world, a new art
- The stuff of life: well-laid tables, ordered households, flowers and ordinary folk
- Movers and shakers: Rembrandt, Hals and their subjects
The THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE lecture series is a live event that take place in a virtual private ‘room’ with a maximum of 15 participants, however the content is also offered as recorded lectures, which you can stream at your convenience.
The Dutch Golden Age has bequeathed to us an extraordinary heritage, from the birth of modern capitalism and the microscope, to the perfection of many of today’s most loved types of art such as the still life, the landscape and the genre scene. Indeed the explosion in the visual arts was extraordinary, with an estimated 1.3 million master paintings produced each decade between 1640 and 1660 alone. This course explores the art and history of the Dutch Golden Age in detail, from the unexpected rise of a global empire to the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Vermeer and their contemporaries.
Session 1: A new world, a new art
“God made the world, but the Dutch made the Netherlands”. In the late 1500s, the Low Countries were torn apart by a war between the Spanish and a band of rebels led by William of Orange. At the time, few suspected that the rebels would achieve much – and yet they defeated Europe’s superpower, took control of trade routes to Asia, and created a corporation that would deliver an annual dividend of 100%+ each year for almost 200 years. In this session, we look at the rise of the Dutch and the new forms of art that became popular in this period, from the huge skies of the new Dutch landscape to maritime scenes, and religious paintings for a protestant republic.
Session 2: The stuff of life: well-laid tables, ordered households, flowers, and ordinary folk
Painting in the Dutch Golden Age took off: townhouses, palaces, and even modest residences would not be complete without at least a small collection of paintings. But the subject of these paintings is fascinating: breakfast scenes with casually displayed goods from around the world, idealised views of domestic life, the sort of thing the ‘help’ gets up to when no-one is looking, and an obsession with flowers. In this session, we take a peek into this world through its magnificent paintings, made by masters such as Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Willem Claesz Heda, and Pieter Claesz.
Session 3: Movers and shakers: Rembrandt, Hals and their subjects
Public life in the Netherlands was full of wealthy, powerful men and women taking control of their affairs. What better way to make sure those who come after you remember you properly than by having Rembrandt paint your portrait? We begin this session by looking at portraiture from the period, from Hals’s ‘portraits’ of humble folk to the grand group portraits such as The Night Watch. But sometimes the life of the artist tells more about a period than who he or she paints, and this is certainly the case with Rembrandt and Hals, whose triumphs and tragedies infuse their works.
The Short Course was created by Dr. Nick Gordon to connect you with academic experts who are passionate about their fields and are adept at helping you learn more about art and history. As experienced teachers and public communicators, we understand that learning is a lifelong pleasure and that good teaching is about much more than just imparting knowledge. Our philosophy is that good teaching helps you understand more about the history and cultures of the world so that you can see more for yourself, even long after a class has ended.
The Short Course brings you the enjoyment of learning in a small group through online webinars. Each session includes a lecture by an academic with expertise in the subject he or she is teaching, giving you access to a wealth of cultural and historical knowledge. We offer two different types of classes: live short courses with a maximum of 15 participants, and recorded lecture courses that you can stream at your convenience.
Dr. Nick Gordon is a cultural historian and holds a PhD in history from the University of Sydney. His research into medieval and Renaissance Europe has won numerous academic awards and scholarships, including the University Medal in History from the University of Sydney, and has been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Nick has over 15 years’ experience as a lecturer to university and public audiences.
This course is made up of 3 x 1.5 hour sessions. Each session includes an interactive lecture and time for questions and discussion. The sessions for this course are scheduled for the following dates:
Wednesdays 10:00am -11:30am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
- 7 December 2020 (start date)
- 14 December 2020
- 21 December 2020
Access to Live Lectures
Short courses take place in a virtual private room in Zoom, a free platform for online meetings and seminars. Zoom works on most desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Zoom requires a computer or device with a camera, speakers, and an internet connection.
Once you have booked your place in a course, you will receive a confirmation email. This email contains the link to the Zoom room. Clicking on the link or copying into your browser will start Zoom and take you into a virtual waiting room. Your lecturer or course administrator will admit you to the Zoom room. Only the lecturer and people booked on the course will be allowed into the Zoom room, keeping it a safe and secure online environment.
Access to Recorded Lectures
Once you have booked on a recorded lecture course, you will receive a confirmation email with a link in it. You will then receive a second email with a password. The link and password will allow you to access a private webpage, from which you can stream the lectures at your convenience.
After You Enrol
Our online short courses are live events that take place in a virtual private ‘room’ with a maximum of 15 participants - it’s like taking a class. Each short course is divided into sessions; each session begins with a lecture - and because it’s live, you can ask questions and offer comments - and is followed by time for questions and discussion. The lecture component of these sessions is recorded, so if you miss a class then you can catch up later.
The Short Course also offers recorded lecture courses, which you can stream at your convenience.Study Requirements
This course does not require any assumed knowledge, only a willingness to learn, and an interest in history.
Live sessions require:
- Access to ZOOM, which is free
- A device with a camera, such as a tablet or a computer with a webcam
- Internet connection
Cancellations & Refunds
All cancellations are subject to both the InspiringED.com Terms & Conditions and those of the institution delivering your course.
- A $250 InspiringED.com administration fee will apply for all cancellations requested after 48 hours of your enrollment
- Up to 2 weeks prior to live lecture event: 100% refund, less any administration fee
- Up to 1 week prior to live lecture event: 50% refund, less any administration fee
- Within 1 week of live lecture event: no refund, less any administration fee
- Change of session dates, subject to availability, less any administration fee
Your enrollment may be cancelled by completing our contact form HERE.