N.B. This course is taught in Dutch.
This Masterpieces online course covers eight masterpieces from Western art history. In art history, certain works are more famous than others. Why, really? What makes a work of art a masterpiece? You know most masterpieces by sight, but do you know why they are so important? By following this course, you will learn to at least understand 8 masterpieces (however inaccessible they may sometimes seem) and even better: appreciate them! We zoom in on the works and pay attention to what makes them so important to art history. In doing so, we also pay ample attention to the time and context of the work. What are the artist's other works or those of his contemporaries and what influence did this masterpiece have? This will automatically make it clear why we are still talking about, say, a simple milkmaid or a urinal on a pedestal today.

The masterpieces discussed are:

  1. Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus
  2. Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Delights
  3. Caravaggio, Contarelli chapel
  4. Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid
  5. Vincent van Gogh, The Night Cafe
  6. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss
  7. Pablo Picasso, Guernica
  8. Marcel Duchamp, Fountain

How does that work online?

You take this course online from your own computer or tablet. All you need is a good internet connection and sound. Teacher and images will appear on your screen automatically. If you cannot attend 'live', you can watch the replay afterwards. Registration is therefore still possible until after lesson 2 of the course.


Free trial lesson

Want to know if this course and taking it online is for you? You can join lesson 1 of this course as a free trial lesson without any obligations. You can register for this free trial lesson directly via this link.

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Reviews of this course

"I was initially a bit hesitant to sign up for this. Thought, how can you spend 2 hours paying attention to 1 artwork? Now, with ease it turns out! Hanneke really teaches you to look! I got excited by the different artworks, movements and artists. It also triggered me to find out more myself at home about certain works."
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