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Roaming Dutch: Digitizing the Dutch presence in Rome through the Ages

Research Conference: 20 February 2014

From Antiquity onwards, visitors from the Low Countries left numerous traces of their presence in the Eternal City. As pilgrims they founded their own churches; as scholars and painters they gave testimony to the many faces of Rome in ideas and works of art. Some even reached the highest ranks of Roman society, such as Pope Adrian VI. Protagonists in the making of a Dutch cultural and artistic identity, from Erasmus to Escher, spent formative periods in Rome, and their works bear the marks of this cultural exchange and confrontation. The conference Roaming Dutch: Digitizing the Dutch presence in Rome through the
Ages investigates this shared heritage. During the conference the digitization project Hadrianus. History of Dutch Art and Culture in Rome( will be launched and both researchers and the general public will be invited to
participate in the project. Consequently, the benefits and challenges of digitizing historical material will be discussed.


09.30 Registration and welcome with coffee
10.00 Welcome by Dr. Taco Dibbits (Rijksmuseum)
10.10 Opening by Dr. Marieke van den Doel (Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)
10.40 Prof.dr. Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam)
The Ubiquity of the Digital: How Computational Tools Contribute to the Humanities
11.10 Prof.dr. Michael Kwakkelstein (Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence)
The reception of the Antique in Netherlandish painting and drawing of the 16th and 17th centuries
11.40 Martin Raspe (Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome)
People, Events, Places: Structuring Historical and Topographical Information in the ZUCCARO database

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Prof.dr. Frits Scholten (Rijksmuseum, VU University Amsterdam)
What did the sculptor Adriaen de Vries do in Rome (1595-1596)?
13.45 Erin Downey, MA (Leiden University)
Birds who flock together: Bentvueghel collaboration in Rome during the 17th century
14.15 Suzanne Rus, MA (independent scholar)
“Many roads lead to Rome”
14.25 Dr. Jan de Jong (University of Groningen)
The Impact of Propaganda. Aernout van Buchel in Counter Reformatory Rome

15.00 Pause

15.20 Dr. Peter Schatborn (independent scholar)
Drawn from Life in Italy?
15.50 Drs. Ann Demeester (Frans Halsmuseum)
Title to be announced
16.20 Concluding remarks

16.30 Closing reception

Admission is free. For confirmation of attendance please mail to: On-site registration is possible, provided that there are still places available.

Venue: Auditorium Rijksmuseum