Fall 2012

Dutch and Flemish Painting (The Art of Beholding)

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-253  |  European Studies, as EUST-253

Formerly listed as: EUST-75  |  FIAR-41  |  FIAR-53


Joel M. Upton (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 253 and EUST 253). This course means to ask the question: What would it be like to engage with the paintings of Jan van Eyck, Roger van der Weyden, Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Jan Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn as a consciously embodied person and to reclaim in such a direct encounter the rejuvenating powers of erôs, insight and wisdom residing within ourselves and in the art of works of art with which we would behold. In addition to reaffirming the practice of artistic contemplation for its own sake, “Dutch and Flemish Painting” will offer explicit guidance in both the means and the attitude of being that underlie and enable such beholding. Our goal will be to allow a series of exemplary masterpieces including Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Double Portrait, Roger’s Prado Deposition, Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Vermeer’s Portrait of a Girl with a Pearl Earring, Rembrandt’s Nightwatch and several intimate Self Portraits to open outward and implicate us in their human aspiration to wholeness. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 25 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Upton.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014