Italy, Florence (Italy), Utrecht (The Netherlands)

History of Art: Relations Between Italy and the Netherlands

when 7 July 2014 - 1 August 2014
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 2385

Vermeer? Da Vinci? Both geniuses, most people would say today, both equally deserving to be printed on posters (and the occasional placemat) all over the world. Today, both Italian Renaissance art and Dutch Golden Age art have conquered their prime positions in the art history books. But in the 16th and 17th centuries, the ‘Northern’ style of painting was seen as very different from the ‘Southern’ one, even though artists from both traditions influenced each other, there were ongoing disputes about which style was the best one.

The Utrecht Summer School offers an opportunity to travel back in time and experience the art from both traditions first hand, staying in two cities that played a pivotal part in their country’s art: Florence and Utrecht. This highly interactive course for the most part takes place in front of the original artworks, enabling you to experience, discuss and learn about the artwork firsthand.

Upon completion of the course, you will have seen some of the most breathtaking highlights of Italian and Dutch art in the many museums, cathedrals, cities and galleries that will be visited during this course. You will also be able to recognise the main painters and distinguish different techniques and symbols, you will have become confident in discussing and analysing artworks (including ones you have never seen before), developed an awareness of the historical context and a feel for the daily life of the period and finally, had an unforgettable summer in two of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

This special track consists of:
Italian History of Art
Nothing Is What It Seems: Dutch Art of the Golden Age

Course leader

Florence: Prof. dr. Michael W. Kwakkelstein
Utrecht: Nausikaä El-Mecky, MA, PhD Candidate

Target group

The course is open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History.

Course aim

Acquisition of knowledge and skills with regard to a wide range of essential aspects related to past and present art policy, art production and art management — in one of the most important and most unique historical centers of European art and culture since the Middle Ages with an exceptional concentration of high-quality museological institutes.

Credits info

8 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 2385:

The transfer from Florence to Utrecht is included in the course fee. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Florence and from Utrecht to their home country.


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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