Northern European Interiors, 1550–1680





This course explores the development of the urban interior in the mercantile centers of northern Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as changing notions of personal comfort and forms of social signification and differentiation among the wealthy burgher communities of southern Germany, the Netherlands, France, and England in the early modern period. The course examines the concrete accoutrements of living, including furniture and furnishings, interior architecture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, and the other decorative features and accessories of domestic life as they developed over this period. These physical constituents of the burgher home are set within the broader moral, political, and economic frameworks of the societies that produced them. Knowledge of German, French, or Dutch is an advantage but not essential. 3 credits.