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This course is taught at Utrecht University (Utrecht, the Netherlands) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). In this course you will embark on a fascinating journey where nothing is what it seems: an innocent bouquet of flowers
Location:
Utrecht, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

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Program Description:
This course has been designed to open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History. This course is taught by Dr. Nausikaä El-Mecky. She is a fellow of the interdisciplinary research group Bildakt und Verkörperung at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a lecturer at the Freie Universität in Berlin and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is the curator for the Marginalia Review of Books and an Arts PR consultant and projectmanager at Artpress in Berlin.

This course is taught at Utrecht University (Utrecht, the Netherlands) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). In this course you will embark on a fascinating journey where nothing is what it seems: an innocent bouquet of flowers hides a forbidden religious message, a happy family, where everyone is singing and laughing, turns out to be a warning against an undisciplined lifestyle, and a gorgeously dressed couple locked in a calm embrace are actually rigid with heart-breaking melancholy. Upon completion of this highly interactive course you will have gained a profound insight into the many layers of these seemingly realistic artworks, the true meaning of which critics do not agree about to this very day. Nice clouds,” critics would say, “But really, it isn’t quite art with a capital A, is it?” Until recently, Dutch Art of the Golden Age was seen as technically good, but not very interesting. It was just too realistic, where was the artistic imagination???Today, this opinion on Dutch art has changed and the value of Golden Age artworks has soared. So what is the true meaning behind all these landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lifes that look so real that you can feel the sea-breeze and smell the grapes? ??Upon completion of this highly interactive course, you will have seen many highlights from the 16th and 17th century, you will be able to recognize the main painters, you have become confident in recognizing, discussing and analyzing a modern Dutch artwork and sharing your ideas with your peers. The course combines many elements, from workshops to excursions, and no day is the same.??Typically, the morning part of the programme takes place in a classroom, which could be a lecture, or a seminar where you ask questions and explore the topic in the group. You may also find yourself in a panel discussion, defending a particular approach to art or painting your own masterpiece in a workshop exploring Modern or Golden Age artistic techniques.?The afternoon (and sometimes the entire day) is devoted to museum visits. Variation is ensured by going into the museum in small groups, bigger groups or on your own, sometimes with an assignment other times by spontaneous discussion. ??During these excursions, we devote time to both the factual and technical aspects of the painting, as well as the more personal and subjective ones, so that by the end, you will have explored the paintings in many dynamic ways. Hidden meanings, unexpected techniques, your peers’ opinions or your own may surprise you and change and broaden your perception of the artworks again and again.

Setting Description:
Established on March 26, 1636, Utrecht University is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. With an enrolment of 30.000 students, it is also the biggest. The university attracts 2.000 international students annually. Utrecht University has produced 12 Nobel Prize laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economics. It is a member of LERU, the League of European Research Universities, which also includes Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, Lund University, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and KU Leuven. Utrecht University is rated as the best university in the Netherlands by the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities 2013, which ranks the university 52nd worldwide and the 11th best university in Europe. The Times Higher Education ranking places Utrecht University at position 79 worldwide. Utrecht University is also home to the Utrecht Summerschool, with 3.000 primarily international students the biggest summer school in Europe. CEISS is a collaboration between six of
Cost:
1.265 Euro (course fees + course materials + housing)

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