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Rijksmuseum and RKD Summer School (13-22 August 2017)

From 13 to 22 August 2017 the Rijksmuseum and the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History organize a Summer School which offers a unique, in-depth immersion into 17th-century Netherlandish art and history. The 2017 edition of the Summer School is themed around ‘Dutch art in an international perspective’.

As national institutions, The Rijksmuseum and the RKD share a mission to further develop the understanding of Netherlandish art and history for the future by conducting and facilitating high-level research. Dating back to 1992, the institutions have joined forces to organize a biennial Summer School with the goal of offering the next generation of art historians the opportunity to enrich and deepen their knowledge of Netherlandish art. The exclusive programme enables candidates to immerse themselves within the Dutch art world and museum field, and build up a relevant network.


Traditionally Dutch art has been studied and shown as a national phenomenon, whereas the current globalization causes a new tendency to explore Dutch art in an international perspective. Only the study of international cultural and artistic exchanges will provide a balanced understanding of the production and collecting of art from the Low Countries. The aim of this Rijksmuseum & RKD Summer School is to give an in-depth immersion into Dutch art of the Golden Age, with a specific transnational focus.


A series of lectures, presentations, workshops and excursions will provide insight 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 prominent scholars and museum professionals in The Netherlands.


The Summer School is primarily intended for young museum curators, recent MA graduates, PhD candidates and professional art historians specializing in 17th-century Dutch art. A total of 15 candidates will be selected based on CV and motivation. The ability to communicate in English is required.

Application and procedure

The closing date for all applications is 19 March 2017, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET), but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we therefore encourage candidates to apply at their earliest convenience.

The Rijksmuseum and the RKD reserve the right to cancel the Summer School should the number of eligible applicants not meet the minimum requirement or due to unforeseen circumstances.

Further information

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