Painting in the Low Countries

Nirvana Romell

The painting in the Low Countries had a distinct artistic evolution, originally independent from the Italian humanism and classicism. The appreciation and research into the subject is a mere 150 years old and broad classifications can still be inconsistent and confusing.

Three day schools chart the developments from the ‘Flemish primitives’ to the golden era of Rubens and Rembrandt. The first two day schools will take place on 25 January and 1 March; the date of the 3rd one (Rubens, Rembrandt & The Golden Age) will be confirmed in the MANCENT’s summer programme. Although they are linked, each day school can be attended individually.

PART 1 – Friday, 25 January, 10.30 – 16.00

The Beginnings: 1400s – early 1500s

The day school investigates the period in which the distinct style, techniques and iconology were developed. Illustrations of the artworks by the Van Eyck brothers, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Joachim Patinir, Hieronymus Bosch and many others provide the insight into the genesis of one of the most distinctive and influential schools of European painting.

PART 2 – Friday, 1 March, 10.30 – 16.00

1500s – from Bruegel the Elder to cornucopia of genres

The genius of Bruegel the Elder provided the bridge between the early ‘primitives’ and the new artistic tendencies, interpreting Renaissance ideas with great originality. An army of artists took to a more narrow approach and devoted themselves to genre painting, developing highly specialised and idiosyncratic artistic expressions, often conditioned by the regional socio-economic factors. Illustrations by, among others, ‘theBreugel dynasty’, Caterina van Hemessen, Quentyn Matsys, Peter Aertsen and Joos van Cleve will help to untangle the complexities of this fascinating period.

Date: Thursday, 25 January and 1 March, 2019            Time: 10.30 -16.30

Methodist Central Hall,
Collier Room;
Oldham Street,
Manchester, M1 1JQ

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£40   12 40

Price for both day schools together:

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£70   12 40

To book, please email
AND complete the MANCENT booking form and post it with payment to
Nirvana Romell, 9 Leaside Way, Wilmslow, SK9 1EW Cheshire
(kindly note confirmation will be via email only)


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