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West House Study Day – Early Netherlandish Painting

23rd September 2017 @ 9:45 am - 2:30 pm


The 15th century saw the beginnings of the naturalistic depiction of landscapes, portraiture, still-life and perspective in Northern Europe by great Netherlandish artists like the Limbourg brothers and Jan Van Eyck. Using slides and many close-up details we will study their depictions of daily life from the lowest peasants to the incredibly lavish French and Burgundian courts that patronised them. In the final session we will see how Hieronymus Bosch built on this naturalism to combine it with a surreal vision in highly controversial paintings which in some ways look forward to later artists like Dali. Lists of slides will be provided together with a map of Europe as it was at this time.

Booking your place

Send your name, address, telephone number and cheque for £25 per person payable to Pinner Adult Education Society, clearly marked “Netherlandish” on the reverse, to Jennie and Robin Youle, 6 Malpas Drive, Pinner, HA5 1DF

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for receipt and confirmation of your booking. A place cannot be reserved for you until your cheque has been received and confirmed.  Please note that regrettably no refunds can be made for any cancellation within two weeks of the Study Day.


09.45 – Registration

10.00 The Limbourg Brothers – Depictions of the Burgundian Court

The Limbourg Brothers’ Book of Hours produced for the Duke of Berry showing daily and Court life scenes, together with depictions of the Court of the Dukes of Burgundy (itself an offshoot of the French royal family), including outstanding portraits by Roger Van Der Weyden.

11.00 – Coffee/tea

11.30 – Jan Van Eyck

A study of some of the outstanding paintings (including devotional pictures, individual and double portraits etc.) by Jan Van Eyck who developed the oil technique to produce a jewel-like finish together with stunning landscape and still-life details. Special emphasis will be placed on his use of symbolism and echoes of contemporary history together with a comparison of his portraits with those of his great predecessor Robert Campin.

12.30 Lunch Break – coffee/tea provided

13.30 Hieronymus Bosch

A detailed study of three of Bosch’s greatest paintings – The Seven Deadly Sins, the Haywain Triptych (an attack on greed and materialism) and, above all, the highly controversial Garden of Earthly Delights which became a cult image in the “Swinging Sixties” with its (supposed) advocacy of “free love” etc. We will consider the question of whether Bosch was secretly a member of a heretical group which advocated such ideas.

Our Tutor for this Study Day 

Leslie Pitcher (B.A. Cantab) has a degree in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge. He lectures for NADFAS, the WEA, and U3A. He has also lectured at Brompton Oratory on religious art. His particular interest is art in the classical tradition in the ancient world to the Renaissance and Baroque.



23rd September 2017
9:45 am - 2:30 pm


Jennie and Robin Youle
020 8866 0809


The Verden Gallery, Upstairs at West House
West House, Pinner Memorial Park
Pinner, HA5 1AE United Kingdom
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