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Flemish painting flourished from the late fourteenth through the sixteenth century in what is modern-day Belgium. During this time, the Netherlands delivered the leading painters in Northern Europe to all the prominent courts—including those of France, Spain, and the Florence of the Medici. Closer to home, artists contributed to the culture and economy of the newly prosperous cities of Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Tournai, and Antwerp. These innovative artists were the first to introduce the oil medium, which extended the treatment of realism to include all the details of the visible world. Flemish artists specialized in the production of distinguished genres including tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and carved altarpieces, as well as small and complex portraits and narrative scenes. Fortunately for us, there still remains a rich treasure trove to be explored.
A frequent lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Elinor Richter earned her PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University. She has taught full time at Hunter College since 2001, and is also currently on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1997, she was the first adjunct professor to receive the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Hunter College. As a professor of Renaissance art, she has focused primarily on Italian art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Her concentration has been Italian sculpture—not only in Florence, the epicenter of the new Humanism, but also at other Tuscan centers such as Siena and Orvieto. Her articles have appeared in artibus et historiae, Source, and The Grove Dictionary of Art. She has written a book entitled La Scultura di Antonio Federighi (Turin: Umberto Allemandi, 2002) and is currently preparing a monographic study on the fortuna critica of Raphael's Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione.
Mondays, March 30–June 15, 2015 (no class April 6, May 4, or June 8)
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Jan van Eyck
Rogier van der Weyden
Hugo van der Goes
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Please note: All sessions include a luncheon with wine in the Members Dining Room.
Above: Hans Memling, (Netherlandish, active by 1465–died 1494). Portrait of a Young Man (detail), ca. 1472–75. Oil on oak panel. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.112)
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