Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Van Eyck to Van Dyck: Flemish artists in focus ADED11610

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course explores the remarkable contribution to painting made by five outstanding Flemish artists who enjoyed international renown. Each week we will look at a different artist and while we focus on the following five artists, Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Bruegel the elder, Rubens and Van Dyck, we will explore their work in its social and historical context, including consideration of the status and work of contemporary women artists such as Catharina Van Hemessen and Clara Peeters. Reference will be made to major examples in European and British national and public collections.


Block 3

Weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Visual test (set exercise): formal analysis and contextual analysis of 2 works (100%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide an introduction to Flemish painting from c.1430-1640

■ Introduce the principal themes and styles of painting which developed during this period through the work of five major artists based in the cities of Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp.

■ Introduce and analyse key examples of these artists' paintings.

■ Consider Flemish painting in the context of European art.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify the main themes and stylistic changes in Flemish painting from c. 1430-1640 and their relationship to European painting

■ Distinguish between the work of the artists studied, and the subjects they specialised in

■ Demonstrate skills in art-historical research methods though comparative formal and contextual analysis of Flemish works of art.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.