Netherlands, Utrecht (NL), Berlin (GE) and Florence (IT)

History of Art: European Highlights

when 6 July 2015 - 14 August 2015
duration 6 weeks
credits 9.9 EC
fee EUR 3510

Stay in three of Europe’s most wonderful cities, cover some 2000 years of Western art, visit all the relevant museums and sites and yet feel like you’ve done more than just skim the surface? The European Highlights combines a broad approach with profound analysis over the period of six weeks in Florence, Utrecht and Berlin. Seize this opportunity to travel back through time and through some of Europe's most incredible museums in only one summer!

In Florence, you will have the chance to see the works of the great Italian Masters of the Renaissance in the flesh, visiting the many renowned museums, magnificent cathedrals and grand palaces. The journey then continues up north, to Utrecht. Since the Netherlands is a relatively small country, we will visit several cities to discover Dutch Golden Age art. All the landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lifes may look so realistic, that one can feel the sea-breeze and smell the grapes, but in fact, nothing in these works really is what it seems.

The last two weeks of the course take place in Berlin. Its many museums will take you from the Middle Ages up until today, with additional focus on the art produced during the time that Germany was divided into two nations by the Iron Curtain.

Upon completion, you will have experienced Western Art in broad strokes, and covered particular periods in great detail. The course is highly interactive, and for a large part takes place in front of the original artworks.

Course leader

Florence: Prof. dr. Michael W. Kwakkelstein,
Utrecht: Dr Nausikaä El-Mecky (Cantab),
Berlin: Dr. Matthias Vollmer

Target group

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

Course aim

Acquiring knowledge and skills relating to a wide range of essential aspects connected with past and present art policy, art production and art management.

Credits info

9.9 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 3510: Course + course materials + housing.
The transfer from Florence to Utrecht and from Utrecht to Berlin is included in the course fee. Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Florence and from Berlin to their home country.


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

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