European Art History (i) (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Bernard Jan Hendrik Aikema
Bernard Jan Hendrik Aikema
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni) dal Oct 3, 2016 al Nov 12, 2016.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni)
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Wednesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Thursday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.2 from Oct 20, 2016  to Oct 20, 2016
Thursday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Friday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall Aula D4-Olimpia from Nov 4, 2016  to Nov 4, 2016

Learning outcomes

The class intends to highlight the relationship between the main artistic centers of the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, based on four major themes: the Flemish Quattrocento, the Europe of the Courts, the 17th century Dutch, and the eighteenth-century transformations. Among the artists that will be analyzed are Jan van Eyck, Antonello da Messina, Albrecht Durer, Raffaello, Parmigianino, Giulio Romano, Pieter Brueghel, Jan van Goyen, Jan Steen, G..B. Tiepolo, J.L. David, and many more.


The exam program consists in classroom lectures and one or two visits in cities of Veneto.
The following four themes will be handled each in three or four lessons.
1. Fifth-century Flemish, the so-called "ars nova" by Jan van Eyck. It will be demonstrated that Jan van Eyck's realism has influenced the development of art in Europe decisively, from Germany to France, Spain and Italy.
2. The Europe of the Courts. The classicism of Raffaello has become, since the early sixteenth century, the favorite language of the international art of the european courts, from Italy to France, to the Habsburg courts.
3. The 17th century in Netherlands. A new realism and a new proliferation of pictorial genres characterize the pictorial art of the seventeenth century, which dominates much of the art market both in the North and in the Southern Alps.
4. New themes and new relationships with the spectator are proposed by the mid-eighteenth century, as will be illustrated with some specific examples

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam, based on the lectures and photocopies that will be provided by the teacher, will be an oral interview, except for extraordinary cases in which the large number of the students will determine the need for a written examination.