FA 325 Northern Renaissance Art, 3 credits
The course surveys painting and the graphic arts in the Netherlands, Germany, and France c. 1350-1550. This comprises a broad range of material, including art produced for various courts, churches, civic bodies, and private patrons among the growing middle classes in the cities of Western Europe. Rather than presuming a "Northern" style defined in contrast to the art of the Italian Renaissance, we will aim to understand regional and individual tendencies on their own terms. Works will be examined in light of the many circumstances of artistic production in the period, with attention to changing issues of function, iconography, patronage, the market, and the rapidly expanding traffic of artistic ideas.