The Dutch Golden Age

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The aim of this course is to introduce students to the history and culture of the Dutch Golden Age, roughly between 1570 and 1720. The topic will be approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective – focusing on art, literature, and the politics of culture.

The Netherlands, in the seventeenth century, was viewed by many as the centre of the world. Three leading experts on the history, arts and literature of the Dutch Golden Age will explore the country’s rich heritage in the age of Rembrandt and Spinoza. 

Topics will include

  • the Dutch Revolt against Spain;
  • the construction of a new state;
  • economy and social structure;
  • citizenship, government, and welfare institutions;
  • churches and religion;
  • painting, print-making, and the art market;
  • literary life and the theatre scene;
  • the world of the book;
  • and the activities of collectors, cartographers, and scholars.

Date, time, location and price

  • Date: 4 September - 18 October 2017
  • Time: Mondays, 13:00 - 15:00 and Wednesdays, 09:00 - 11:00
  • Number of courses: 14
  • Location: Oudemanhuispoort D1.09
  • Price: 180 / 162 (discount price for AUV-members)

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Important information

Course type Open UvA-Course
Education Lectures
Semester/blok Semester 1, block 1
Language English
Study material To be announced
Other You may only attend the lectures, not the seminars or other extras. It is not possible to partake in exams or obtain credits.
Deadline registration 28 August 2017 (subject to availability)


The registration for Open UvA Courses from semester 1, block 1 is closed. You can still register for courses from block 2 and 3.

After registration

Directly after signing up for a course you receive confirmation of your registration by e-mail. 


The tuition fee will be automatically deducted from your bank account. Registration for an Open UvA-Course for UvA employees is free. 


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Gepubliceerd door  Illustere School