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History of Art: Relations between Italy and the Netherlands

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 2460
Bachelor level

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.

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.

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.

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 track consists of the following courses:
- The Art of Renaissance in Florence and Rome (July 3-14)
- Nothing is What it seems: Dutch Art of the Golden Age (July 17 - 28)

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

Tags: florence, art, golden age, italian renaissance

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Florence: Prof. dr. Michael W. Kwakkelstein Utrecht: Dr Nausikaä El-Mecky


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


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.


Approximately 80 contact hours


• € 2460 - Course + course materials + housing

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

The transfer from Florence to Utrecht 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 Utrecht 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 doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


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Deadline for registration: 19 June 2017

Course fully booked