Hello everyone and welcome to Week 8 of ART F262X.

Please do the following before SUNDAY, March 6 (11:59Pm).

1. Go through the material in the Dutch Golden Age wing.

2. Respond to the following forums on Slack:

Slack channel #week8part1

  • The Artifice of Verisimilitude: Paintings from the Dutch Republic often appear to be true to nature. The detail in still lifes and landscapes in particular show the artist’s attention to the natural world. However, this realism is often deceiving. Discuss how Dutch painters manipulated nature to create their masterpieces.

Slack channel #week8part2

  • Optical Tools: Johannes Vermeer has been the source of an art historical debate regarding the use of optical devices as an aid for painting. While most scholars now agree that he did use a camera obscura, they are split as to how much of his artistic ‘genius’ came from mimicry as opposed to his innate talent. In your opinion, does Vermeer’s use of aids devalue his reputation as a master painter?