Early Modern Amsterdam: Tolerant Eminence and the Arts

Inter-disciplinary class on early modern Amsterdam (1550-1720) when the city was at the center of the global economy and leading cultural center; home of Rembrandt and Spinoza (Descartes was nearby) and original figures like playwrights Bredero and Vondel, the ethicist engraver Coornhert, the political economist de la Court brothers and English traveling theater. We go from art to poetry, drama, philosophy and medicine. Spring Break is in Amsterdam with museum visits, guest talks and participation in recreation of traveling theater from the period.

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Nigel Smith

William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature; Professor of English


S01 - Nigel Smith

Mondays and Wednesdays,
1:30 - 2:50 PM


Nigel Smith