Spend May Interim 2016 in Sweden!

ART W42 Sweden: From Neoclassicism to Ikea (MAY). The course is intended to introduce students to the art and architecture of Sweden, from 1633 (when six-year-old Kristina came to the throne) to the present, with particular attention paid to the reign of Gustav III (1775 to 1792). The role of ‘classical’ forms in a Protestant country, located far from the Mediterranean, will be a central concern. Based largely in Stockholm, the itinerary will include visits to nearby country houses, palaces, and museums including Svindersvik Manor (1740), the Royal Palace (completed in the 1750s), Sturehof Manor (1781), Drottningholm Palace (the Court Theatre is one of the best-preserved eighteenth-century theaters in the world), Skansen (the world’s first open-air museum opened in 1891 with buildings from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries), and the Nationalmuseum. In and around Uppsala, we shall visit the University Museum, Linnaeus’s museum and botanical gardens, Sigtuna (Sweden’s second oldest town), Steninge Manor (completed in 1705), and the Rosersberg Palace (the seventeenth-century building contains some of Europe’s best preserved interiors from ca. 1800). The relationship between geography, cultural adaptations, and external stylistic influences will be a primary concern throughout the course. Intellectually and artistically, how was Sweden like other parts of Europe and how was Sweden distinct? May 2016, Fee: $3400 (hopefully more like $3000). C. Hanson.

Photo: Rosersberg Palace, royal palace on Lake Mälaren, outside of Stockholm (Wikimedia Commons).

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The trip is open to only 12 or 14 students. Please contact Professor Craig Hanson for more information, chanson@calvin.edu. Don’t delay; space is limited!

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