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History of Art: European Highlights

Organizing institution
Utrecht University in cooperation with Freie Universitšt Berlin and Dutch Art Institute in Florence, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 3660
Bachelor level

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 youíve 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!

A special track consists out of a number of courses, which have been successfully combined in the past. Registering for a special track is more convenient than for each course separately and it also often results to substantial discount.

Tip: If you are interested in an international track, you might enjoy the track The Making of Europe as well. It takes place in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin. Find more info on the course page.

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.

The special track consists of:
- The Art of Renaissance in Florence and Rome (Florence)
- Nothing is what is seems: Dutch Art of the Golden Age (Utrecht)
- Art in Germany: from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century (Berlin)

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Students can arrive on Sunday 2 July between 12.00 (noon) and 20.00.

Tags: florence, italian renaissance, berlin, golden age, architecture, europe, art history

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


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


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


Typical day:
- morning: lecture,
- afternoon: excursions, museum visits

Approximately 120 contact hours.


• € 3660 - Course + course materials + housing

All course materials, excursion tickets and accommodation are included in the fee.

The transfer from Florence to Utrecht and from Utrecht to Berlin is included in the course fee. Please note your baggage must not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs).
Students are responsible for their travel from their home country to Florence and from Berlin to their home country.

Students who applied after April 1st will be housed in hotels in Florence, since the rooms within the institute are fully booked due to popularity of the course. The hotel accommodation will be close to the institute and there will be no extra costs (accommodation is included in the fee). There is no kitchen available to students who stay in the hotel accommodation.


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Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.


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Tip: If you are interested in an international track, you might enjoy the track The Making of Europe as well. It takes place in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin. Find more info on the course page.

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Deadline for registration: 24 June 2017

Course fully booked