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Dear everyone,

Welcome to the Bodies of Knowledge MA option 2016-17! Below you will find suggestions for
preparing for the year ahead. I want to stress that these are just suggestions. Some of you will have
previously taken courses in art history, others will have approached the subject via other disciplines. I
certainly do not expect you to have read everything on the list the by the time you start the course.
Work on your language skills, visit galleries and exhibitions and use the reading list selectively,
depending on your interests and prior knowledge. Please feel free to research your own bibliography,
and if you find something particularly useful, please let me know so that I can circulate to the other
members of the group.

This is preparation, rather than work on the course proper. It should provide you with some
knowledge, concepts and contexts that will be taken for granted in this graduate level course. The
course presumes that everyone has knowledge of the geography and the basic political and religious
history of the Netherlands (the 17 provinces of the Habsburg Netherlands and the United Provinces)
in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is also necessary to be familiar with the work of the major artists from
this region and major developments in the field of artistic production such as the emergence of
‘secular’ genres, the importance of print, the development of art theory. Those who do not have any
formal art historical training will find it useful to think about art historical terms such as ‘mannerism’,
‘baroque’ and ‘realism.’ Finally, it would be helpful to have some knowledge of the history of science
in the Netherlands and the early modern period.

History and historical geography of the southern and northern Netherlands within the wider
European context in the early modern period.

 David M. Whitford ed., Reformation and Early Modern Europe. A Guide to Research,
Kirksville 2008 (dip in)
 Paul F. State, A Brief History of the Netherlands, New York 2008
 J. L. Price, The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century, 2010 edition
 J.C.H. Blom and E. Lamberts eds., History of the Low Countries. New Edition, 2006
 Jonathan Israel, The Dutch Republic. Its Rise, Greatness and Fall 1477-1806, 1995 (very
weighty; you may want to get a broader outline elsewhere and then dip in).
 Beat Kümin, The European World 1500-1800, 2009
 Merry Weisner, Early Modern Europe 1450-1789, 2006

Dutch and Flemish art during the period, again within a broader European context.

 Mariët Westermann, A worldly art. The Dutch Republic 1585-1718, 2010 edition
 Angela Vanhaelen and Bronwen Wilson eds., The Erotics of Looking. Early Modern
Netherlandish Art, Wiley 2013
 Koenraad Jonckheere and Ruben Suykerbuyk eds., Art after Iconoclasm; painting in the
Netherlands between 1566 and 1585, Turnhout 2012 (see also Jonckheere’s Antwerp Art
after Iconoclasm.
 Hans Vlieghe, Flemish Art and Architecture 1585-1700,1998
 Zirka Filipczak, Picturing Art in Antwerp 1550-1700, 1987
 Christine Göttler, catalogue Rubens and his Age Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001
 Ann Sutherland Harris, 17th century Art and Architecture Prentice Hall 2005.

It is just as important to visit your local art galleries and museums and research things that catch your

History of science.
 L. Daston and K. Park, 'Introduction'', Cambridge History of Early Modern Science, 2006 (see
also the rest of this volume).
 H.J. Cook, `The new philosophy in the Low Countries' in: R. Porter en M. Teich ed., The
Scientific Revolution in national context Cambridge 1992, 115-149.
 K. van Berkel, V. van Helden, L. Palm eds., A History of Science in the Netherlands. Survey,
Themes and Reference, Leiden 1999.
The role of visual materials in the construction of knowledge.
 P.M. Smith, ‘Art, Science, and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe’, Isis 97 (2006) 83-100.
 E. Jorink and B. Ramakers, “Undivided Territory’. 'Art and 'science' in the Early Modern
Netherlands', in: E. Jorink and B. Ramakers eds, Art and 'science' in the Early Modern
Netherlands, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 61 (2011) 6-33.

Further reading.

 Michel Foucault, The Order of Things. An Archaeology of the human sciences, 1970
 S. Alpers, The Art of Describing. Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century, 1983
 Victor Stoichita, The Self-Aware Image,1997.
 John Jeffries Martin, Myths of Renaissance Individualism, 2004 – especially the introduction,
and his edited volume The Renaissance World, 2007 – and the other volumes in this series.
 Amelia Jones, ‘Body’ in Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History 2nd
edition Chicago 2004
 Miriam Fraser and Monica Greco eds. and intro., The Body. A Reader. London 2005

Dutch. It will be a considerable advantage to be able to read academic Dutch, so do consult our
Dutch tutor,, or learn the basics independently.