Van Eyck to Van Dyck: Flemish artists in focus ADED11610

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • 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 developments in oil painting made by five outstanding Flemish artists who enjoyed international renown. Each week we will look at a different artist: Jan Van Eyck, Rogier Van der Weyden, Pieter Breughel the elder, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck, exploring their work in its social and historical context with reference 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






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide an introduction to developments in 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 developments in 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 developments in Flemish painting from c. 1430-1640 and their relationship to European painting

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

■ Demonstrate skills in art-historical research methods

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.