Short Course

Northern European Paintings: Van Eyck to Vermeer

Discover the Met's New European Paintings Galleries, 1250–1800, and learn how artists from Northern Europe developed innovative styles and new genres of painting in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries.

Session 1—Van Eyck, Bruegel, and the Natural World
Explore how Netherlandish artists working during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries conveyed spiritual and secular ideas through depictions of nature. Then, discover how landscape painting emerged as a subject of art as you study Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece The Harvesters up close in the galleries.

Session 2—Rembrandt and Portraiture
Consider the influence of money, commerce, and power in Flemish and Dutch portraiture. Examine Rembrandt's portraits in the new galleries as you discover how he responded to the demands of his patrons while defining his own style of portrait.

Session 3—Vermeer and the Everyday
Step inside the domestic world of Dutch artists by looking at their paintings of everyday life alongside decorative objects. See how Johannes Vermeer brought these interiors to life with his distinctive technique and captivating style.

This three-session course (June 6, 13, and 20) meets in the Met's classrooms and galleries. Space is limited. Purchase tickets below or at the Great Hall box office. Registration ends at noon on the day before the first session. For more information, call 212-570-3961.

Fee: $150 for the three-session course (includes Museum admission)

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