CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Study Dutch art where it was made! Introduction to the study of 17th-century Dutch art in the Netherlands

Exhibition: 15 August - 25 August 2006


The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (AMSU)
The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

From the program website

The aim of this intensive 10-day course is to give an in-depth introduction to the study of 17th-century Dutch paintings, drawings and prints. Participants will gain knowledge on how to use the research facilities available in the Netherlands and will visit the most important collections of Dutch art under the expert guidance of museum curators and other specialists.

A series of lectures and workshops focussing on specific topics and research methods will be given by prominent researchers from Dutch universities and museums. During the programme there will be ample opportunity for discussion, if possible in front of the original works of art, and the participants are offered the opportunity to build up a network of contacts with scholars, curators and institutes in the Netherlands which may facilitate their future study of Dutch art.

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Applicant Profile

The course is primarily intended for graduate students and professional art historians specialising in the field of Dutch art.


Applicants should submit their completed application form (by post or fax) as soon as possible, and not later than Monday, 1 May, 2006. Please send in your curriculum vitae and letter of motivation together with your application form to take part in the selection procedure. Applications are completed after full payment of the course fee is received.

AMSU Course Name: ARTH-2

Application form


Date: Tuesday, 15 August, 2006 – Friday, 25 August, 2006

Capacity: 25 participants.

Language of Instruction: English.

Location: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht, Gouda, Rotterdam & The Hague.

Fee: € 900,- (including lunches on course days and public transport in The Netherlands).

Course Organiser: The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Coordination: Kiki Nelson for The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (AMSU).

Registration: Selected participants are expected to register between 15.00 PM and 17.00 PM on Tuesday, 15 August, 2006 at the building Felix Meritis, located at Keizersgracht 324 in Amsterdam. Registration will be followed by an opening lecture on The New Rijksmuseum by Peter Sigmond, after which welcome drinks will be served.

Course Leaders

Edwin Buijsen, The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Elmer Kolfin, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam
Huigen Leeflang, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Lecturers & Workshop Leaders

Pieter Biesboer, Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem
Yvonne Bleyerveld, Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam
Frans Blom, University of Amsterdam (UvA
Annetje Boersma, Restorer, Rotterdam
Marion Bolten, The Senate, The Hague
Inge Broekman, University of Amsterdam (UvA
Edwin Buijsen, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Charles Dumas, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Xander van Eck, Universiteit Utrecht (UU)
Rudi Ekkart, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Jan Piet Filedt Kok, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam / University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Michiel Franken, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Jeroen Giltay, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Anne van Grevenstein, Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), Maastricht
Peter Hecht, Universiteit Utrecht (UU)
Anouk Janssen, Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam
Koenraad Jonckheere, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Marijke de Kinkelder, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Christie Klinkert, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Elmer Kolfin, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Frauke Laarmann, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Friso Lammertse, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Huigen Leeflang, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Ad Leerintveld, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague
Ger Luijten, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Volker Manuth, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen
Fred Meijer, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague
Norbert Middelkoop, Amsterdams Historisch Museum
Judith Niessen, Sotheby’s, Amsterdam
Petria Noble, Mauritshuis, The Hague
Michiel Plomp, Teylers Museum, Haarlem
Carol Pottasch, Mauritshuis, The Hague
Marijn Schapelhouman, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Eddy Schavemaker, Noortman Master Paintings, Maastricht
Peter Sigmond, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Eric Jan Sluijter, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Nicolette Sluijter, The Hague
Irina Sokolova, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
Anna Tummers, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Jaap van der Veen, Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
Lyckle de Vries, Groningen
Thijs Weststeijn, Warburg Institute, London
Ernst van de Wetering, University of Amsterdam (UvA) / Rembrandt Research Project
Marieke de Winkel, Nijmegen

Advisory Board

Yvonne Bleyerveld, Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam
Celeste Brusati, University of Michigan
Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Reindert Falkenburg, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden
Jan Piet Filedt Kok, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam/ University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Peter Hecht, Universiteit Utrecht (UU)
Ger Luijten, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Volker Manuth, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen
Eric Jan Sluijter, University of Amsterdam (UvA) / New York University (NYU)
Gerdien Verschoor, CODART


Tuesday, August 15, 2006: Arrival
Location: Amsterdam, Felix Meritis
15.00 PM Registration
18.00 PM Opening lecture on The New Rijksmuseum by Peter Sigmond
19.00 PM Welcome and drinks

Wednesday, August 16, 2006: Around Rembrandt
Location: Amsterdam
Morning: • Lecture by Thijs Weststeijn: Samuel van Hoogstratens ‘Inleyding tot de Hooge Schoole der Schilderkonst’
• Workshop on Rembrandt documents by Jaap van der Veen in the Gemeentearchief
Afternoon: • Visit to the Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum
• Lecture by Taco Dibbits: The new presentation of works of art in the Rijksmuseum
Evening: • Workshop on Rembrandt by Ernst van de Wetering in the Philips Wing

Thursday, August 17, 2006: Prints & Their Iconography
Location: Amsterdam, Printroom
Morning: • Introduction to the printroom and library by Huigen Leeflang
• Workshops
* Yvonne Bleyerveld: The way to redemption. Moral and religious allegories in Antwerp prints (1576-1585)
* Anouk Janssen: The good, the bad and the elderly. The representation of old age in 16th- and 17th-century prints from the Netherlands
* Christie Klinkert: Informative art. The early-modern newsprint
* Ger Luijten: The professional printmaker and the peintre graveur in the 17th century. A confrontation.
Afternoon: • Continuation of workshops
Evening: • Visit to the exhibition of Rembrandt drawings in the Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum with Marijn Schapelhouman

Friday, August 18, 2006: Dressed & Undressed in Haarlem
Location: Haarlem
Morning: • Workshops in the Teylers Museum
* Michiel Plomp: The collection of 17th-century Dutch drawings in Teylers Museum
* Huigen Leeflang: Goltzius’ drawings and prints
Afternoon: • Introduction to the Frans Halsmuseum by Pieter Biesboer
• Workshops in the Frans Halsmuseum
* Marieke de Winkel: Dress in 17th-century paintings
* Fred Meijer: Still-life painting in Haarlem
* Anne van Grevenstein: Painting technique of Goltzius, Cornelis Cornelisz. and Frans Hals

Saturday, August 19, 2006: Catholic Art in a Protestant Country?
Location: Utrecht & Gouda
Morning: • Workshop on Painting in Utrecht by Nicolette Sluijter in the Centraal Museum
• Visit to the Gertrudis-chapel in Utrecht with Xander van Eck
Afternoon: • Visit to the Sint-Jans Church (16th-century stained glass windows) with Xander van Eck

Sunday, August 20, 2006: No Programme

Monday, August 21, 2006: Around the Binnenhof
Location: The Hague
Morning: • Workshops on The recent restoration and technical research of Rembrandt paintings by Petria Noble and Carol Pottasch in the Mauritshuis
Afternoon: • Visit to the Binnenhof: Lairessezaal with Lyckle de Vries and Conference Room of the Senate (Eerste Kamer) with Marion Bolten
• Visit to Huis Schuylenburgh (Residence of the German Ambassordor) with Charles Dumas

Tuesday, August 22, 2006: Art & the Court
Location: The Hague, RKD / Royal Library
Morning: • Introduction and tour of the RKD; presentation of digital projects
Afternoon: • Lecture by Elmer Kolfin: Political imagery of the Stadholder
• Workshops on Constantijn Huygens in the Royal Library
* Frans Blom: Autobiographical documents
* Ad Leerintvelt: The ‘Huygens collection’ in the Royal Library
* Inge Broekman: Huygens and the visual arts
• Visit to the Huygensmuseum Hofwijck, Voorburg

Wednesday, August 23, 2006: Connoisseurship in Past & Present
Location: The Hague, RKD
Morning: • Lecture by Anna Tummers: Connoisseurship of Dutch 17th-century paintings
• Lecture by Judith Niessen: Attribution and the auction house
• Lecture by Eddy Schavemaker: Attribution and the art trade
• Discussion
Afternoon: • Workshops (choice) on various attribution problems
* Fred Meijer: Still-life painting
* Marijke de Kinkelder: Problems of attribution concerning Dutch 17th-century landscape paintings. Confusions and clarifications on minor artists
* Michiel Franken: Rembrandt and his workshop
* Edwin Buijsen: Adriaen van de Venne: IRR as a tool for attribution?
• Closing remarks
• Drinks in Museum Bredius

Thursday, August 24, 2006: Portraiture / Research Projects
Location: Amsterdam Historical Museum
Morning: • Lecture by Volker Manuth: ‘Portrait Historié’: defining a research project
• Lecture by Frauke Laarmann: Do’s and don’ts in Dutch family group portraiture. The development of the pictorial tradition in the first half of the 17th century
• Discussion on research projects with an introduction by Eric Jan Sluijter
Afternoon: • Workshops at the Amsterdam Historical Museum
* Norbert Middelkoop: Group portraits
* Rudi Ekkart: Individual portraits
Evening: • Drinks with invited art historians from Dutch museums and universities in Felix Meritis
• Lecture by Irina Sokolova: The Semenov collection of Dutch art in the Ermitage

Friday, August 25, 2006: Beyond the Golden Age
Location: The Hague, RKD / Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Morning: • Lecture by Koenraad Jonckheere: The role of agents and diplomats in the art trade in the Dutch Republic around 1700
• Lecture by Peter Hecht: The shaping of the canon of Dutch art
Afternoon: • Introduction to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen by Jeroen Giltay
• Lectures/workshops at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen:
* Jan Piet Filedt Kok: Early North Netherlandish painting
* Annetje Boersma and Friso Lammertse: Rubens. Restoration and research