CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Made in the Netherlands: art from the 15th and 16th centuries

Course: 14 August - 25 August 2011

From the course website, 8 February 2011

Participants will gain knowledge on how to use the research facilities available in The Netherlands and will visit the most important collections and monuments of Netherlandish art under the expert guidance of museum curators and other specialists.

A series of lectures, presentations and excursions with prominent scholars and museum professionals will provide a comprehensive overview of current Dutch research projects and methodologies. Special attention will be given to combining art-historical research and the technical examination of works of art. A number of the sessions have been designed to encourage 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 graduate students, museum curators and professional art historians specializing in early Netherlandish art. There will be a maximum of 25 participants. The ability to communicate in English is required.


Candidates will be selected on basis of their detailed curriculum vitae and letter of motivation. The application deadline is May 1, 2011.


975 euro. Participants attending both this course and the Impact of oil course will be granted a discount.

Information and Application


PO Box 53066
1007 RB Amsterdam
the Netherlands

T +31 20 6200 225

F +31 20 6249 368



Sunday August 14: Introduction

Location: Felix Meritis, Amsterdam

13.00-13.30 Registration
13.30-15.00 Introduction of the course leaders and participants
15.00-15.15 Welcome by Rudi Ekkart, Director RKD
16.00-17.30 City walk and drinks afterwards (optional)

Monday August 15: Collections from the Rijksmuseum

Location: Rijksmuseum, Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam

Session chairs and speakers: Ingrid Vermeulen (VU University Amsterdam), Marijn Schapelhouman, Jan Piet Filedt Kok

9.00-9.15 Welcome
9.15-10.30 Lecture: Ingrid Vermeulen:

The print collection of Pieter Cornelis Baron van Leyden (1717-1788), which constitutes the largest part of the print collection of the Rijksprentenkabinet
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Workshops: Marijn Schapelhouman will discuss prints and drawings by Hendrick Goltzius and Jacob de Gheyn; Jan Piet Filedt Kok will discuss prints by Lucas van Leyden
12.30-14.00 Lunch at the Rijksmuseum

Location: Rijksmuseum, Ateliergebouw, Amsterdam

Session chairs and speakers: Matthias Ubl, Frits Scholten, Dirk Jan Biemond

14.00-14.30 Guided tour of the Ateliergebouw by Matthias Ubl
14.45-17.00 Workshops: Frits Scholten will discuss the production and meaning of late medieval Netherlandish micro sculpture, in particular prayer nuts; Dirk Jan Biemond will discuss examples of 15th and 16th century Netherlandish silver

Tuesday August 16: The RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) as a research tool

Location: RKD, The Hague

Session chairs and speakers: Rudi Ekkart, Michiel Franken, Suzanne Laemers, Charles Dumas, Sabine Craft-Giepmans, Laurens Schoemaker, Constance Scholten, Margreet Wolters, Roman Koot

10.00 Welcome and introduction to the RKD by Rudi Ekkart, Director
10.15-11.15 Participants circulate along presentations [each 15 minutes] of the different parts of the collection (visual documentation, archives, library):

Suzanne Laemers: Old Master Paintings
Charles Dumas: Old Master Drawings
Sabine Craft-Giepmans: Portrait Iconography
Laurens Schoemaker: Topography

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):

Constance Scholten: Iconography
Suzanne Laemers: The photo archive of Max J. Friedländer
Margreet Wolters: Technical Documentation
Roman Koot: Library and Lugt online

13.00-14.00 Lunch at the RKD
14.00-16.00 Workshop in which each participant researches an individual case
16.00-17.00 Gerdien Verschoor, Director of CODART: Introduction to CODART and drinks

Wednesday August 17: Monographic and archival research

Location: Ateliergebouw, Amsterdam

Session chairs and speakers: Matthias Ubl, Daantje Meuwissen (Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar), Yvette Bruijnen (independent scholar), Truus van Bueren (University Utrecht), and others

9.00-10.30 Writing a monograph
Daantje Meuwissen [Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen], Matthias Ubl [Brunswick Monogrammist] and Yvette Bruijnen [Jan van Rillaer and Jan Rombouts] will give a short introduction [10 minutes] to the subject of their monograph or monographic exhibition, discussing both methodology and the practical aspects or researching and writing. This will be followed by a group discussion in which the course participants will actively take part.

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.30 Researching memoria, the culture of remembrance in the Middle Ages
Truus van Bueren, project leader of the MeMO (Medieval Memoria Online) project, will provide an introduction to the research of source material concerning medieval commemoration practices in the Netherlands and to the MeMO project. As a case study the archival records and paintings relating to the nuns convent Mariënpoel, near Leiden will be discussed.
For the MeMO project see For the source material of the Mariënpoel convent, click Mariënpoel on the homepage of the MeMO website.

12.30-14.00 Lunch at the Ateliergebouw
14.00-15.30 Workshop: Registrars from the Rijksmuseum will discuss the different aspects with regard to loans
15.30-16.00 Coffee break and change for Hard Hat Tour
16.00-17.00 Hard Hat Tour: visit to the new Rijksmuseum

Thursday August 18: Retables from the late Middle Ages

Locations: Kirche St. Nicolai, Kalkar and Dom St. Victor, Xanten

Speaker: Frits Scholten

8.15 Assemble at the entrance of the Ateliergebouw
8.30 Bus departs
11.00-13.00 Visit to the Kirche St. Nicolai, Kalkar
13.00-14.00 Box lunch in bus
14.00-16.00 Visit to the Dom St. Victor, Xanten

Friday August 19: Religious art in Utrecht

Location: Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht

Session chair and speaker: Micha Leeflang

9.30-10.00 Welcome
10.00-11.30 Micha Leeflang will give an introduction to the collections from the 15th and 16th centuries
11.30-12.30 Opportunity to visit the museum independently
12.30-13.30 Lunch at the Catharijneconvent

Location: Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Speakers: Museum guide, Rudi Ekkart

14.00-16.00 Visit to the exhibition In Perfect Harmony. The 16th-century Carthusian triptych back in Utrecht featuring the Triptych with the Last Supper which was painted in 1512 for the prominent Utrecht families Pauw and Zas and restituted in 2006 to the heirs of Jacques Goudstikker; Rudi Ekkart will discuss restitution issues
16.00-17.00 Opportunity to visit the museum independently

Saturday August 20: Around Iconoclasm

Location: Grote or Sint-Janskerk, Gouda

Speakers: Ewoud Mijnlieff, Arjan de Koomen (University of Amsterdam), Frauke Laarmann (Open Universiteit), Rudi Ekkart

10.00-12.00 Visit to the Grote or Sint-Janskerk (the Great or St. John’s Church) and its so-called ‘Goudse Glazen’, its famous stained glass windows
12.00-13.30 Lunch

Location: Museumgouda/Catharinagasthuis, Gouda

Session chair and speaker: Ewoud Mijnlieff

13.30-17.00 Visit to the collection of religious art including the collection of altar pieces dating before and after Iconoclasm

Sunday August 21: free

Monday August 22: ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s gems

Location: Jheronimus Bosch Art Center, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Speakers: Jos Koldeweij (Radboud University Nijmegen), Ron Spronk (Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada/Radboud University Nijmegen), Eric De Bruyn (independent scholar)

10.00-10.30 Welcome
10.30-12.30 Lectures:
Jos Koldeweij and Ron Spronk: The Bosch Research & Conservation Project: the prelude to a major exhibition on Jheronimus Bosch in 2016, the year of the 500th anniversary of the painter’s death. For the Bosch Research & Conservation Project see see Programma / Visioen van het verstand (Dutch) or (English).
Eric De Bruyn: Middle Dutch literature as a key to the meaning of the work of Bosch
12.30-13.30 Lunch at the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center

Location: Sint Jan, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Speakers: Jos Koldeweij, Ronald Glaudemans, and others

14.00-15.30 Visit to the recently restored Sint Jan (St. Johns Cathedral) and the building lodge
16.00-17.00 Visit to the Zwanenbroedershuis, the former domicile of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of which Jheronimus Bosch was a member

Tuesday August 23: Pre-Eyckian Art

Location: Ateliergebouw, Amsterdam

Speakers: Friso Lammertse (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam), Nadja Garthoff (VU University Amsterdam), Judith Niessen (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam)

9.30-12.15 Lectures:
Friso Lammertse: Preparing an exhibition on pre-Eyckian panel painting
Nadja Garthoff: Court artists around 1400
Judith Niessen: Pre-Eykian panel painting in the Northern Netherlands
12.15-14.00 Lunch at the Ateliergebouw and meeting with the participants of the Impact of Oil course

The impact of oil

[session together with the participants of the Impact of Oil course]

Location: University of Amsterdam, Doelenzaal

Speakers: Jeroen Stumpel (University Utrecht), Jan Piet Filedt Kok (University of Amsterdam), Arie Wallert (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

14.00-16.30 Lectures:
Jeroen Stumpel: Introduction to the research project The Impact of Oil: Historical Painting Techniques in Early Netherlandish Painting
For The Impact of Oil project see
Jan Piet Filedt Kok: The practice of painting in the North in the 15th and 16th centuries according to St. Luke
Arie Wallert: Painting materials used in the 15th and early 16th centuries

Wednesday August 24: Conservation and restoration of paintings by Van Eyck

[session together with the participants of the Impact of Oil course]

Location: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Session chairs and speakers: Ron Spronk, Anne van Grevenstein (University of Amsterdam), Annetje Boersma (independent restorer), Jeroen Giltaij, Matthias Ubl, Yvonne Bleyerveld, Judith Niessen, Peter van de Coelen, Alexandra Gaba- van Dongen

9.30-10.00 Welcome
10.00-12.00 Lectures:
Ron Spronk: Technical documentation of paintings by Van Eyck
Anne van Grevenstein: The Ghent Altarpiece (Saint Bavo Cathedral)
Friso Lammertse and Annetje Boersma: The Three Maries at the Tomb (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen)
12.00-13.00 Lunch at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The collections of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

13.00-16.00 Workshops (Each participant will participate in 2 workshops. Participants have numbered the workshops in advance in order of their preference. Requests are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be a maximum 13 participants per workshop):

1. Jeroen Giltaij and Matthias Ubl: Paintings, including paintings on loan from the Rijksmuseum
2. Yvonne Bleyerveld and Judith Niessen: Drawings
3. Peter van de Coelen: Prints
4. Alexandra-Grada van Dongen, Applied art and the ALMA (Art Links to Artefact) database
For ALMA see (as from February 11, 2011).
16.00-17.00 Opportunity to visit the museum independently

Thursday August 25: Technical examination as a research tool in art history: questions and answers

[session together with the participants of the Impact of Oil course]

Location: University of Amsterdam, Doelenzaal

Session chair: Edwin Buijsen (Mauritshuis, Den Haag)

Speakers: Daantje Meuwissen, Petria Noble (Mauritshuis, Den Haag), Ron Spronk, Hugo van der Velden (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA)

10.00-12.00 Panel Discussion: all speakers will give a statement [5 minutes] on their view on technical examination as a research tool followed by a discussion with the course participants.

14.00-17.00 Free afternoon or visit to the Amsterdam Museum, formerly the Amsterdam Historical Museum (optional)

Public Lecture

Location: Felix Meritis, Amsterdam
19.00-20.00 Public lecture: Van Eyck and Holland by Hugo van der Velden and drinks afterwards

Course admission

Candidates will be selected on basis of their detailed curriculum vitae and letter of motivation. Course admission: 975 euro

Apply for the course here.

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