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OSK/RU course Materials and Techniques in Early Netherlandish Painting, with a special focus on Hieronymus Bosch
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25 April t/m 30 Juni 2018

Materials and Techniques in Early Netherlandish Painting

With a special focus on Hieronymus Bosch


Enrolment is possible until February 4, 2018


Early Netherlandish paintings, as material objects, are complex layered structures that were produced with a broad range of materials in distinct stages. Methods of technical examination, such as X-radiography and infrared reflectography, provide complementary information about these objects and their production. This intensive, six-week course surveys how Netherlandish paintings were produced, and why this information can be of critical importance for art historians. Topics will include: the division of labour within a workshop, how to ‘read' X-radiographs and infrared reflectograms, and how to interpret the results of dendrochronological analyses. The goal of the course is to provide RMA students the necessary toolset to critically read publications in the fast-emerging field of Technical Art History, with a special focus on the techniques applied by Hieronymus Bosch and his workshop. Although the painting examples used in this course will be limited to Netherlandish painting, many of these skills and concepts are applicable to other fields within the history of art.


The student will thus participate in the discourse on historical painting techniques, modern methods of conservation and restoration, and art historical and scientific methods of research. Students will be able to deliver presentations (both oral and written) in which he or she explains how to practice technical art history, and how to communicate the results of such examinations to a variety of audiences.


Taught by:

Prof. dr. Ron Spronk (RU/Queen’s University), who is a member of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project.


Dates & Location:


Radboud University, Nijmegen (Erasmusgebouw room 11.10)


Wednesday April 25, 13:30 - 16:30 h.

Thursday April 26, 13:30 - 16:30 h.


Wednesday May 9, 13:30 - 16:30 h.

Thursday May 10, 13:30 - 16:30 h.


Wednesday May 16, 13:30 - 16:30 h.

Thursday May 17, 13:30 - 16:30 h.


Wednesday May 30, 13:30 - 16:30 h.

Thursday May 31, 13:30 - 16:30 h.


Wednesday June 6, 13:30 - 16:30 h.

Thursday June 7, 13:30 - 16:30 h.


Wednesday June 13, 13:30 - 16:30 h.

Thursday June 14, 13:30 - 16:30 h.


NB: there will be no meetings in week 18 (May vacation) and week 21 (HNA Conference in Ghent and Bruges).



Annelien Krul MA (info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl).



Open to all ResMA students and PhD candidates Art and Architectural History, max. 8 participants. ResMa students have precedence over PhD candidates.






info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl. Provide a CV and short letter of motivation. Deadline: February 4, 2018.


Main course components:

The course consists of introductions, lectures, and seminars. It will be taught in English; papers and presentations must be delivered in English.


Because of the intensive nature of this course, several readings will have to be completed before it commences. The readings will be announced before April 1.



Participation in the OSK/RU course ‘Materials & Techniques in Early Netherlandish Painting’ 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 8. ResMA students have precedence over PhD candidates. Deadline for application is February 4, 2018. Students will be informed about admittance no later than February 19, 2018.


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


There is no course fee.


Credits: 6 EC, to receive after delivering a successful paper and participation. Students have to check with their home university themselves 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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