Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History
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OSK/NIKI Winter School 14/15: Migration of Artists and Artistic Exchange (DL: 13/10/2014)
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7 t/m 19 Januari 2015
OSK Secretary

Open to ResMA and PhD students in the Humanities, max. 14 participants



Enrolment is possible until October 13th, 2014





This course approaches the phenomenon of the migration of artists in the early-modern period. Many European architects, sculptors, painters and craftsmen chose to work abroad rather than in their homeland. These artists were pulled and pushed by a variety of factors. The most successful were able to develop networks and achieved international fame. Others met major obstacles, such as strict local regulations and unexpected changes in demand, and did not fulfill their goal.

The principal aim of this course is to investigate the forces that were behind the migration of artists. Furthermore, we will analyze the circumstances under which artists were able to achieve economic gain and artistic acclaim, both during their stay in their new host culture and after their return in their homelands.

Other questions that will be addressed: What was the role of patrons and collectors? To what degree collaboration and specialization enabled artists to succeed in their new cultural environments? What kind of social networks were they able to develop? How could travelling artists profit from their international status?  Did architects, sculptors, painters, writers, musicians and craftsmen have different career perspectives in accordance with the principles of their profession? To what degree did foreign artists affect local patterns of demand? What does interculturality mean in terms of artistic production?



January 7th – 19th, 2015.

Venue: Dutch University Institute for Art History, Florence, Italy & Rome.



Dr. Arjan de Koomen (University of Amsterdam) and prof.dr. Gert Jan van der Sman (Leiden University/ Dutch University Institute for Art History inFlorence)



Martijn van Beek MA (info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl)



Open to all ResMA and PhD students in the Humanities, max. 14 participants. ResMa students have precedence over PhD students



(See below)



info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl . Provide a CV and short letter of motivation with mentioning of research interests. Deadline: 13 October 2014.



The course has four main components:

1. One preparatory meeting in the Netherlands (November 28th 2014)

2. A stay in Florence (7 – 19 January 2015) at the NIKI (Dutch University Institute for Art History) and Rome

3. A small paper written by each participant after their return to theNetherlands, focusing on a topic related to the course (in its broadest sense).

4. A presentation of the research in Florence during the course



Participation in the OSK-NIKI WinterSchool is open to all students enrolled in a Research Master Program or PhD program at a Dutch University. The number of participants is limited to 14. ResMa students have precedence over PhD students. Deadline for application is 13 October 2014. Students will be informed about admittance no later than October 26th.


Students are expected to attend all seminars and lectures and read and analyze the texts in advance.


The sojourn in Florence and Rome is planned for 7 – 19 January 2015. There is no course fee. Students will be offered free housing at the NIKI, as well as a modest travel grant (OSK members only – other rules apply for non-OSK members). Students are responsible for booking a flight themselves. The travel grant will be paid after delivering a successful paper and presentation.


Credits: 5 EC. Students have to check with their home university themselves and in advance whether the transfer of credits for this course is accepted. OSK will provide a testimonial of work load and EC.


Instruction language: English.





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