Course Description

This is a course exploring the painting, sculpture, graphic arts--and some architecture--in Northern Europe during the period 1350 to 1575. The geographical area we will be covering begins with medieval Poland, Hungary and France then moves into the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries into the territories of France, the Netherlands, Flanders, and Germany. Our artists include Jean Pucelle, Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Durer, and Hieronymous Bosch. The format of the course will be lecture supplemented by smaller group discussions and a student paper/project.

This Web site describes the course in detail with pages devoted to the schedule, obligations, and links to other material.

Index of the Northern Renaissance Art History Course Site

Course Requirements
Lecture Schedule
Image Lists:
1 2 3 4
On the Quizzes
The Midterm
The Paper
General Bibliography
List of Art for the Final
(To be posted at the appropriate time)
On the Final
Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists
Take the train to Venice!
Survey of the Art of Venice
Visit the Florence course
Florence and the Medici

Course Requirements

Please also check the links above for more details on each of the subjects below.


An art history survey class covering European art from about 1300 to about 1600. Ability to work at the university level in English.


James Snyder. Northern Renaissance Art. Second Edition, 2005.
Craig Harbison. The Mirror of the Artist. 1995.

There will also be a few short articles to be read as well. Please see the Lecture Schedule above for information on all of the readings.


There will be two short quizzes--more of students want more.

The Exams

There will be two exams: a midterm and a final. The midterm and final each will consist of essay questions.

The Paper:

The paper is to be on an object or monument of your choice. I will make up a list of suggestions which you can also use. We will talk more about this in class. This will be a semi-research paper; the length should be about 8-10 pages.

Please note that the readings and the schedule as currently listed may have to be adjusted due to circumstances beyond our control.



How to Do Well in this Class

: The history of art is a cumulative subject; the material cannot be crammed in an overnight session before the exam. Do the reading before coming to class; learn to take notes from the lectures; go over your notes and your reading periodically. Take advantage of the Web site! Don't be afraid to visit galleries as well as museums. Surf the Net for artists and related topics (more on that in class).

Students who enroll in this class are assumed to have read and understood the provisions on this Web site and the hard-copy syllabus concerning especially attendence, cheating, and comportment.

The Course Web Site

This is located at: ( Here you will find the full syllabus, including the schedule and the requirements, explanations of the quizzes, the exams, and the papers. There will also be various links and illustrations to help you with your studying. The links will include short readings which are also required for the class. You are required to use the Web site. From after the first week of the class all students enrolled in the course are assumed to have read and understood the Web site. If you have questions, please ask, in class or out.

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