The Flemish Masters
Join art historian Gerald Deslandes to follow the history of Northern Realism back to its roots in the 14th century. At this time the artists of Ghent and Bruges developed many of the technical innovations that we now associate with the Renaissance. New techniques included the use of oil paint on smooth Baltic panels and experiments with different brushes and coloured pigments. Whilst they were increasingly able to imitate reality, they were also able to represent feelings and emotions, the hallmarks of Northern Realism, which we see most clearly in the work of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Hans Memling.
This tour will explore the medieval Burgundian court and the rise of Antwerp in the 16th century. We will compare the effect of the Reformation on the work of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and contrast it with the exuberant Counter Reformation paintings of Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. The tour also includes guided walks around three extremely beautiful city centres, which provide a fascinating insight into the medieval and early modern world.
- Return standard class Eurostar and local train from St Pancras to Antwerp via Brussels returning from Ghent to St Pancras via Brussels
- Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Radisson Blu Astrid, Antwerp based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- First night lecture, welcome drink and dinner with wine at the hotel
- Second night lecture at the hotel followed by dinner
- Transfers, coaching and entrance fees
- Gerald Deslandes and tour manager throughout
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Per person for 3 nights