Van Eyck to Van Dyck: Flemish artists in focus

Key facts

  • Cost: £90
  • Credits: 5


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. 

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • Flemish painting from c.1430-1640 
  • 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. 
  • key examples of these artists’ paintings. 
  • Flemish painting in the context of European art. 

By the end of the course, you’ll 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. 
  • Contextually analyse the Flemish works of art covered in the course  

Suggested follow on course 

Art collectors and patrons of Glasgow ADED11248 

Great Artists: the 20th century ADED11798 

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and in particular Flemish art. 


5 Credits at SCQF level 7 (level 1 at undergraduate study)  

Can contribute towards a CertHE in art history.  

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures/seminars delivered live on Zoom.  


Can contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art. 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days