Rembrandt: Art, Life and Technique

Rembrandt’s art captivates audiences around the world, as it has done since he created it in the 1600s. In this course, we explore Rembrandt in depth, from his early and late masterpieces, to the intricacies of his troubled life, and the innovative techniques in painting and printing. Each week begins with a pre-recorded 1-hour lecture, and is followed up with a 1-hour small group discussion class on Zoom where we look in detail at Rembrandt’s art.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Schama, Simon, Rembrandt’s Eyes, Penguin, 2014.
  • Blom, Onno, Young Rembrandt, Pushkin, 2019.
  • Van de Wettering, Ernst, Rembrandt: The painter at work, Uni. Of California Press, 2009.
  • The Rembrandt Research Project, http://www.rembrandtresearchproject.org/
  • Schwartz, Gary, Rembrandt’s Universe: His art, his life his world, Thames and Hudson, 2014.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The making of a master: Rembrandt’s early life saw him rise from relative obscurity in Leiden to become the pre-eminent artist in Amsterdam. In the first class we take a close look at Rembrandt’s beginnings, from his training to his early masterpieces and the flamboyant approach to art and life that helped become “The Master”.
  • Portraits of the rich and famous: Rembrandt’s portraits are truly exceptional, characterised as they are by his ability to capture the essence of his sitter side by side with the symbols of their earthly persona. In this class we investigate Rembrandt’s individual and group portraits, revealing what they tell us about the artist and the people he portrayed.
  • Landscape, history and religion: Rembrandt, unlike most of his contemporaries, was a master of many genres and in this class we explore his landscapes, history and religious scenes. Particular attention in this session will be given to Rembrandt’s engravings and etchings.
  • Late Rembrandt: Rembrandt’s life began to fall apart in the 1650s – at the height of success, he went bankrupt, was sued by a former lover, predeceased by both of his wives and his beloved son. And yet, the art of the man who had lost everything only became more sublime. In this session, we look at the last great works.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe what made Rembrandt so different from his contemporaries in the Dutch Golden Age.
  2. Identify what is unique about Rembrandt’s art, techniques and approach to painting.
  3. Analyse Rembrandt’s paintings in context.
  4. Discuss Rembrandt’s art in relationship to his culture.
  5. Discuss Golden Age Dutch painting and Rembrandt’s legacy.
$145 Limited / $131

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