CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Dutch Art of the Golden Age: Tradition and Innovation

Course: 23 August - 29 August 2015

From the AMSU website, 26 May 2015

The aim of this 7 days course is to give an in-depth introduction on the Rijksmuseum, the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History).
A series of lectures, presentations, workshops and excursions with prominent scholars and museum professionals will provide insights into the latest developments in Dutch art history, research and exhibition projects, as well as methodologies. A number of the sessions have been designed to encourage interactive discussion between the speakers and the course participants. There will be ample opportunity for discussion in front of the original works of art. Moreover, the participants are offered the possibility to build up a network of contacts with scholars and curators in The Netherlands.

Target group

The course is primarily intended for young museum curators, PhD candidates and professional art historians specialising in 17th-century Dutch art. There will be a maximum of 25 participants. The ability to communicate in English is required.


Application forms have to be sent via the AMSU eletronic application form. Applicants should also send their CV and motivation letter via email to Applications will be reviewed by a selection committe on the basis of the sumbitted CV and motivation letter. A limited number of participants will be admitted to the course. A selection or rejection letter will be sent to all candidates on a rolling basis. We therefore enourage those willing to participate to send their application documents as soon as possible.


675 Euro. The course fee includes lunches, coffee breaks, entrance fees and local travel expenses in The Netherlands related to the programme activities.


Sunday, August 23. Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
13:00 – 14:00 Opening & registration
14:00 – 15:00 Welcome and introduction of the course leaders and the participants
15:00 – 16:30 Amsterdam Museum (Norbert Middelkoop, Curator)
16:30 – 18:00 Museum van Loon (Tonko Grever, Director/Curator). Visit and drinks.

Monday, August 24. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
9:00 – 9:10 Taco Dibbits (Director of Collections), Welcome
09:10 – 9:15 Pieter Roelofs (Curator of 17th Century Dutch Painting), Introduction
09:15 – 9:45 Maarten Prak (Department of Economic and Social History, Utrecht University), The Dutch Golden Age: Growth, Innovation and Consumption
09:45 – 10:15 Gregor Weber (Head of the Fine Arts Department), Painting in the Dutch Golden Age
10:15-10:30 Tea break
10:30-11:00 Jaap van der Veen (Rembrandthuis), Artists – Collectors – Dealers in the Dutch Republic
11:00-11:30 Jan van Campen (Curator of Asian Export), Asia in Amsterdam
11:30-12:00 Frans Grijzenhout (University of Amsterdam), Selling the Golden Age
12:00 – 12:15 Discussion
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break
13:15-13:45 Pieter Roelofs, Rijksmuseum. Home of the Dutch Masters.
In-depth visit to the Rijksmuseum galleries
14:00-15:00 Group A: Pieter Roelofs, The first half of the 17th century
Group B: Femke Diercks, The second half of the 17th century
15:00-16:00 Group A: Femke Diercks, The second half of the 17th century
Group B: Pieter Roelofs, The first half of the 17th century
16:00-17:00 Options:
1. Frits Scholten, 17th Century Dutch Sculpture (Sculpture gallery)
2. Jeroen van der Vliet, The Dutch at Sea (Special collections)
17:00-18:00 Private visit of the Rijksmuseum Gallery of Honour and Rembrandt’s Nightwatch

Tuesday, August 25. Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam
Dutch Portraits.
10:00 – 11:00 visit to the Six collections
11:15-11:45 Jonathan Bikker Portraits in the Rijksmuseum.
11:45-12:15 Tom van der Molen Govert Flinck’s portraits
12:15- 12:30 Discussion
12:30 -13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Gijs van der Ham introduction to the exhibition Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age
14:00-14:30 Norbert Middelkoop Amsterdam Group Portraits of the Golden age
14:30-14:45 Discussion
14:45-16:30 visit to Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age, Hermitage Amsterdam

Wednesday, August 26. Mauritshuis, The Hague
08.27 – 09.17 Amsterdam CS – The Hague CS
09.30 – 10.00 welcome, coffee Mauritshuis
10.00 – 10.30 Friso Lammertse From Bosch to Bruegel – the birth of genre painting (forth coming exhibition, Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
10.30 – 11.00 Eric Jan Sluijter, Creative imitation and artistic competition among genrepainters between 1650 en 167511.00 – 11.15 questions and discussion
11.15 – 11.30 coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 Ariane van Suchtelen, cataloguing the genre paintings in the collection of the Mauritshuis
12.00 – 12.30 Sabrina Meloni Jan Steen – technical researching the Mauritshuis
12.30 – 12.45 questions and discussion
12.45 – 14.00 lunch break
14.00 – 16.00 visit of the Mauritshuis:
Exhibition Rembrandt Saul and David with Emilie Gordenker and Carol Pottasch
Collection of the Mauritshuis with Quentin Buvelot

Thursday, August 27. RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and introduction to the RKD by Chris Stolwijk, Director
10:15 – 11:15 Participants circulate along presentations [each 15 minutes] of the different parts of the collection (visual documentation, archives, library):
Old Master Paintings
Old Master Drawings
Portrait Iconography
11:15 – 11:45 coffee break
11:45 – 12:45 Participants circulate along presentations [each 15 minutes] of the different part of the collection (visual documentation, archives, library):
Hofstede de Groot notes and Bredius archive
Technical Documentation
Auction catalogues and Lugt online
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the RKD and introduction to CODART
14:00 – 16:00 Visit to kasteel Duyvenvoorde with the exhibition Family portraits at Duivenvoorde

Friday, August 28. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
09:20 – 09:30 Pieter Roelofs, Making technical research visible prints
09:30 – 10:00 Huigen Leeflang, Hercules Segers
10:00 – 10:30 Arie Wallert, Hercules Segers. Technical examination
10:30 – 12:00 Special viewing of Segers prints in the Rijksmuseum Printroom
12:00 – 13:30 lunch break
Costume and jewellery
13:30 – 14:00 Bianca du Mortier and Susan Meijer, 17th Century Dutch Costume
14:00 – 14:30 Monique Rakhorst, 17th Century Jewellery: objects, paintings and documents as sources
14:30 – 14:45 tea break
14:45 – 15:30 Rob Erdmann and Pieter Roelofs, The Thread Count Automation Project – Utrecht Caravaggisti
15:30 – 16:00 Discussion and final remarks
Evening: Key note speach to be announced here soon

Saturday, August 29. Frans Hals museum & Teylers museum, Haarlem
10:00 – 12:00 Visit to the Frans Halsmuseum
13:30 – 15:00 Visit to the Teylers Museum

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