Experience Dutch art from the 17th century with art historian Diane Wolfthal, Ph.D. This course examines Frans Hals, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer, three great Dutch masters whose legacies endure more than 350 years later. Explore the development of these artists and the differing artistic traditions of the four cities in which they were active: Haarlem, Leiden, Amsterdam and Delft. The class investigates both paintings and prints, especially the etchings of Rembrandt, and also considers the technical analysis of artworks. The course also considers how artists confronted Dutch colonialism, slavery, and international trade. The class culminates in a study of Dutch 17th-century paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including a private tour with a museum curator.

Note: Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and parking fees for the course field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Topics Include:

  • Feb. 18: Introduction
  • Feb. 25: Haarlem: Frans Hals and Portraiture
  • March 3: Leiden and Amsterdam: Rembrandt’s Prints and Paintings
  • March 10: Amsterdam: Rembrandt’s Final Years
  • March 24: Delft: Vermeer
  • March 31: MFAH field trip: Study of Dutch 17th-century paintings gallery and print room

Co-sponsor: Department of Art History, Rice University



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Section Title
From Rembrandt to Vermeer: 17th-Century Dutch Art
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Feb 18, 2020 to Mar 31, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Rice Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $220.00
Section Notes
No class March 17. Last class is a tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Refund Policy

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.