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OSK/RU course Materials and Techniques in Early Netherlandish Painting
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1 Mei t/m 30 Juni 2018

Materials and Techniques in Early Netherlandish Painting


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 BA and MA 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), member of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project.


Location & dates:

t.b.a.: several meeting in May and June 2018


Location: Radboud University, Nijmegen



Annelien Krul MA (info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl)



Open to all ResMA students and PhD candidates Art and Architectural History, max. 10 participants. ResMa students have precedence over PhD candidates.






info@onderzoekschoolkunstgeschiedenis.nl. Deadline: t.b.a.


Main course components:

The course consists of introductions, lectures, seminars, and excursions. It will be taught in English and Dutch; 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 starts.



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 10. ResMA students have precedence over PhD candidates. Deadline for application is t.b.a.


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


There is no course fee.


Credits: 5 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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