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OSK-NIKI ResMA Winter School: Migration of Artists and Artistic Exchange
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10 December t/m 13 Januari 2011
prof.dr. Gert Jan van der Sman (sman@iuo.firenze.org)
open to all ResMA students Art History, max. 14 participants
(see below)

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 abroadrather than in their homeland. These artists were pulled and pushed by a variety of factors. The most successful were able to develop multicultural networks and achieved international fame. Others met major obstacles, such as strict local regulations and unexpected changes in demand.


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.


The following questions 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 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?


The course  has three main components:

1.   a seminar (10 December 2010) with lectures by specialists from different universities in which the main theoretical issues will be discussed from various angles. There will be a focus on artists from the Netherlands and their stays in nearly all European Countries and Asia. After the lectures, students and speakers will discuss a number of texts related to the subject.

2.   a stay in  Florence ( 5 – 13 January 2011) at the NIKI (Dutch University Institute for Art History), specialized in the artistic relations between Italy and the Netherlands. In Italy, students will attend lectures, go on excursions and visit local libraries.

3.   a small paper written by each participant after their return to the Netherlands, focussing on a topic related to the course (in its broadest sense). The paper will be supervised by one of the speakers.



Prof. dr. Gert Jan van der SMAN (NIKI / Leiden)

Prof. Dr. Koen Ottenheym (UU)

Dr. Arjan de Koomen (UvA)

Dr. Michael Kwakkelstein (NIKI)

M.G.C. Osnabrugge MA (PhD Candidate UvA)

Dr. Karolien de Clippel (UU) 


Literature for the seminar on December 10, 2010

[soon to be announced]



Participation in the OSK-NIKI ResMA Winter School is open to all students enrolled in a Research Master programme at a Dutch University. Because of the broad scope of the course, students focussing on all disciplines and periods within Art History are encouraged to participate. The number of participants is limited to 14.


The Seminar will take place in Utrecht on December 10, 2010 (10.00 – 18.00hrs). Students are expected to attend all lectures and read and analyse the texts in advance.


The sojourn in Florence is planned for 5 – 13 January 2011. Students will be offered free housing at the NIKI, as well as a travel grant of €100,- . There is no course fee.


Enrollment is possible until November 24, 2010.

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