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The Art of Northern Europe ~ TUESDAYS, JUN 25 - AUG 27

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Between 1400 and 1700, the art of the Low Countries exploded with a creative energy and power rarely seen in any culture. This summer, we will spend ten weeks enjoying the beauty and uniqueness of the art of the great cities of the Low Countries: Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, Delft, Antwerp, Brussels and Liege. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D. 10 Tuesdays, June 25 - August 27, 2019, 7:00PM.

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During the four hundred years from 1400 to 1700, the art of the Low Countries exploded with a creative energy and power rarely seen in any culture, let alone one so geographically small.  The Netherlands and Flanders were each about one-twentieth the size of France. The Van Eycks led the way with the innovation of oil painting that would soon conquer the whole artistic world.  Their followers such as Roger Van Der Weyden and others advanced the new technique with such power that even the Italians marveled at the new style. Italian diplomats and bankers bought the Flemish artists and took them to Florence, Venice, and Rome. Tourists visiting Florence today still find Roger Van Der Weyden's paintings sitting across from the Botticellis in the Uffizi. This summer, we will spend ten weeks enjoying the beauty and uniqueness of the art of the great cities of the Low Countries: Amsterdam, Bruges, Ghent, Delft, Antwerp, Brussels and Liege.  Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D. 10 Tuesdays, June 25 - August 27, 2019, 7:00PM.

William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.