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OSK/NIKI Winter School
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January 7 till 19, 2013
OSK secretary

Open to ResMA and PhD students Art History, max. 14 participants

Enrolment is possible until November 19th, 2012

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 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?



January 7th – 19th, 2013.

Venue: Dutch University Institute for Art History,Florence,Italy



Prof.dr. Koen Ottenheym (UtrechtUniversity), dr. Ghislain Kieft (UtrechtUniversity) and prof.dr. Gert Jan van der Sman (LeidenUniversity/ Dutch University Institute for Art History inFlorence)



Martijn van Beek MA (info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl)



Open to all ResMA and PhD students Art and Architectural History, 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: 19 November 2012.



The course has four main components:

1. A seminar inUtrecht(6 December 2012)

2. A stay inFlorence(7 – 19 January 2013) at the NIKI (Dutch University Institute for Art History)

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). The paper will be supervised by one of the speakers

4. A presentation of the research on a colloquium inFlorence(17 January 2013)



Participation in theOSK-NIKIResMAWinterSchoolis open to all students enrolled in a Research Master Program or PhD program at aDutchUniversity. The number of participants is limited to 14. ResMa students have precedence over PhD students. Deadline for application is 15 October 2012. Students will be informed about admittance no later than October 26th.


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


The sojourn inFlorenceis planned for 7 – 19 January 2013. There is no course fee. Students will be offered free housing at the NIKI, as well as a modest travel grant. 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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