Conferences, Journals, Fellowships


Call for Papers

Deadline: Nov 7, 2016

Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958): Art Historian, Museum Director,

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, June 8, 2017.

International symposium on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Max J. Friedländer’s birth, organized by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague, in collaboration with the University of Bamberg and the CVNK (Contactgroep Vroege Nederlandse Kunst/Network for Specialists in Early Netherlandish Art).

The 5th of June 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Max J.
Friedländer (1867-1958), offering an excellent opportunity to reflect
on his legacy. Having grown up scarcely 200 meters from the Altes
Museum in Berlin – something that he loved to point out – Friedländer
joined the city’s Gemäldegalerie in 1896 as Wilhelm Bode’s scholarly
assistant. He was appointed director of the Kupferstichkabinett in 1908, then
deputy director of the Gemäldegalerie in 1912 and finally director of the
latter in 1929. Under the energetic leadership of Bode, the slightly
shy but highly ambitious Friedländer developed into a recognized
connoisseur and author of over eight hundred publications. He also made
significant acquisitions for Berlin, including paintings by Hugo van
der Goes and drawings byMatthias Grünewald. His museum career came to a sudden end in 1933, when the Nazis purged the Berlin museums of Jewish influence. Eventually, Friedländer, with the help of the RKD, emigrated to The
Netherlands. Having survived the Second World War he died in Amsterdam
in 1958 at the age of 91.

In art history Friedländer’s name is primarily connected with his
famous fourteen volumes Die Altniederländische Malerei (1924-1937).
Although the English translation of this pioneering work, published
between 1967 and 1976, made Early Netherlandish Painting accessible
to a larger audience, it also concealed Friedländer’s mastery of the
German language. Currently, Friedländer’s magnum opus is mostly
consulted as a reference work. In addition to his expertise in early Netherlandish painting, Friedländer was equally known for his knowledge of early German artists such as Albrecht Altdorfer, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. Probably less well known are his writings on modern printmaking around 1900.

In the history of art history Friedländer is primarily associated with
”connoisseurship”, which he considered to be the most important
competence of an art historian. As early as 1919 he published Der
Kunstkenner, followed by Echt und Unecht and Aus den Erfahrungen des
Kunstkenners ten years later. These publications are unthinkable
without the experience his positions at the Berlin museums afforded
him. The essence of his connoisseurship was finally worded in his book
On Art and Connoisseurship of 1942, which received much
According to Friedländer, connoisseurship can be gained only by
practice and inevitably embodies a subjective form of scholarship. This
approach was already criticized in his own day. Subsequently, the lack
of a theoretical underpinning and the impossibility of factual
verification, gradually led to the decline of connoisseurship as a
scholarly method, especially in the academic field.

The symposium aims at highlighting Friedländer’s work as museum
official, scholar and connoisseur. Moreover, the relevance of
connoisseurship for today’s art history will be discussed.

Papers focussing on the following topics are invited:

· Friedländer’s activity at the Berlin museums and his cooperation with
and relation to his colleagues, other art historians and institutions,
as well as to art dealers, collectors and contemporary artists;

· evaluation of Friedländer’s scholarly contribution to the history of
art with regard to the early modern as well as modern period;

· the importance of connoisseurship as a method in art history,
including the field of technical study and its rivalry with the learned
eye, and the necessity of teaching connoisseurship.

The conference will be held in English. Proposals for 20-minute papers
(in English, maximum 400 words on one page A4, including your name,
position and institute) should be submitted before 7 November 2016 to:

Suzanne Laemers:


Journals and Book Series

Call for Proposals

Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (JHNA)

The Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art ( announces its next submission deadline, March 1, 2017. Please consult the journal's Submission Guidelines.

JHNA is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published twice per year. Articles focus on art produced in the Netherlands (north and south) during the early modern period (c. 1400-c.1750), and in other countries and later periods as they relate to this earlier art. This includes studies of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, tapestry, architecture, and decoration, from the perspectives of art history, art conservation, museum studies, historiography, technical studies, and collecting history. Book and exhibition reviews, however, will continue to be published in the HNA Newsletter.

The deadline for submission of articles is March 1, 2017.

Alison M. Kettering, Editor-in-Chief
Mark Trowbridge, Associate Editor
Dagmar Eichberger, Associate Editor
Jacquelyn Coutré, Associate Editor


New Series from Amsterdam University Press

A forum for innovative research on the role of images and objects in the late medieval and early modern periods, Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700 publishes monographs and essay collections that combine rigorous investigation with critical inquiry to present new narratives on a wide range of topics, from traditional arts to seemingly ordinary things. Recognizing the fluidity of images, objects, and ideas, this series fosters cross-cultural as well as multi-disciplinary exploration. We consider proposals from across the spectrum of analytic approaches and methodologies.

For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at Or, visit or


Positions, Fellowships

HNA Fellowship 2017-18

We urge members to apply for the 2017-18 Fellowship. Scholars of any nationality who have been HNA members in good standing for at least two years are eligible to apply. The topic of the research project must be within the field of Northern European art ca. 1400-1800. Up to $2,000 may be requested for purposes such as travel to collections or research facilities, purchase of photographs or reproduction rights, or subvention of a publication. Preference will be given to projects nearing completion (such as books under contract). Winners will be notified in February 2015, with funds to be distributed by April. The application should consist of: (1) a short description of project (1-2 pp); (2) budget; (3) list of further funds applied/received for the same project; and (4) current c.v. A selection from a recent publication may be included but is not required. Pre-dissertation applicants must include a letter of recommendation from their advisor.

Applications should be sent, preferably via e-mail, by December 14, 2016, to Paul Crenshaw, Vice-President, Historians of Netherlandish Art. E-mail:; Postal address: Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence RI 02918-0001.


Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art History at Utrecht University

The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint an assistant professor in art history of the early modern period (1400-1800). Affinity with the arts of the Low Countries is preferable as the assistant professor will play an important role in developing the programme of Netherlandish art in its global context. Demonstrable interest in recent developments in global, digital, or technical art history is an added value. The assistant professor will teach on undergraduate and postgraduate levels and be involved in internships and thesis supervision.

Applicants should demonstrate how their research will complement that of existing staff in the Art History group and contribute to the group’s research focus on the arts of the Low Countries in a global context.

The successful candidate will have:
Experience in teaching undergraduate students at all levels and a commitment to internships;
A PhD degree in Art History or a related discipline;
Ability to contribute to research-led postgraduate courses and to assist in the recruitment of postgraduate students;
A record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;
A realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial historical problems and aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting external research funding;
Readiness to engage with a wider audience and to assist in developing the impact of historical research beyond the university sector;
Ability to play an appropriate role in departmental management and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department.
Candidates are expected to be proficient in both Dutch and English; non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years.

The initial appointment, as from 1 January 2017 at the latest, will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from €3,400 to €4,654 gross per month for a full time position, consistent with the cao (Collective Employment Agreement) scale 11 for Dutch Universities. The position carries an initial 70% teaching load.

Please find a profile description of the Art History group. Enquiries can be made to Thijs Weststeijn ( or Victor Schmidt (


Fulbright-American Friends of the Mauritshuis Award

The purpose of the grant is to provide advanced training, research and educational opportunities in paintings conservation. The grant will focus on the study, examination and treatment of works of art in the collection of the Mauritshuis, in combination with a tailor made study program at the University of Amsterdam. The grantee will gain practical experience and knowledge treating paintings in the conservation studio of the Mauritshuis, under the supervision of the conservators of the museum. The grantee will participate in workshops, (informal) lectures, symposia and other events at the university. During the grant period, research will not only include paintings in the Mauritshuis collection, but also pictures in other Dutch and/or European institutions.


Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Prize 2016

Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Association
Hôtel de Ville
Enclos Saint-Martin, Rue Saint-Martin
B-7500 Tournai, Belgium

The international non-profit scientific association, Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden hereby calls for nominations for the biennial "Roger de le Pasture / Rogier Van der Weyden Prize" to be awarded at the end of 2016.

This year the prize will reward two Master Theses related to the history of figurative arts in the Southern Netherlands during the Burgundian period (late 14th – early 16th centuries). The first place will be awarded one thousand five hundred euros (1500 €) and the second place will be awarded one thousand euros (1000 €).

The works should be written in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, and must have been defended during the academic years of 2015 or 2016. Candidates will include with their application: a summary of their work as well as the jury results and a recommendation letter from their advisor.

The thesis should be submitted in two copies and should reach the Association before Friday October 7, 2016, proof of postage, and should be sent by regular mail to Mr. Serge Hustache, President of the International scientific association Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden, Cité Georges Point, rue Paul Pastur, 4, B-7500 Tournai, Belgium. Candidates must include their e-mail address with the package for e-mail confirmation of receipt. Copies will not be returned. They will be given to the Association’s collection in the Tournai City Library and, for ten years, they may only be consulted with author’s permission.

The Board of Directors of the Association is competent for any and all problems relating to the prize or for failure to comply with the above regulations. The Board’s decisions are final and no reasons will be given for non-selection.

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Recent laureates of the Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Prize:

2014 : Rozanne DE BRUIJNE (University of Amsterdam) and Daan VAN HEESCH (KU Leuven), for their Master thesis on the Norfolk triptych, kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen of Rotterdam, and the Sketchbook of Berlin.

2012 : Élodie De Zutter (Université libre de Bruxelles) and Ruben Suykerbuyk (Universiteit Gent), for their Master thesis on a portrait of Philip the Good kept in the St Magdalen Hospital in Ath and Michiel Coxcie’s copies of old masters.

2010 : Dominic Delarue (Universität Heidelberg) and Silvia Caporaletti (Università degli Studi di Padova), for their Master thesis on the Vie de saint Josse, an illuminated manuscript from the Burgundian ducal library and the influence of Flemish art on Giovanni Boccati and Antonio da Fabriano, painters from the Marche region.


Scholar-in-residence at the Dutch University Institute for Art History
in Florence

The Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence (NIKI)
offers a scholar-in-residency accommodation for a distinguished
researcher in art history to spend time dedicated to his/her projects.
A candidate for this accommodation will have an excellent international
reputation in a field of research that is of relevance to the Institute
(Italian art; artistic relations between Italy and the Low Countries;
Netherlandish art in Italy).
A scholar-in-residence is offered:
- 4 month accommodation in the Dutch University Institute for Art
History in Florence, including standard housing utilities
- Access to the research library and photographic archives

During the period of residency, the scholar will:
- prepare a scholarly publication
- give public lectures at the Institute and/or
- assist with the current teaching activities at the Institute and/or
- participate with the organization of an international conference
- actively participate in the Institute’s scholarly community
- if relevant, create opportunities for collaboration between the
Institute and one’s home university

Applications can be submitted at any time. There is no deadline for
applications. Candidates will indicate the period that they would like
to be in residence.
Application will include:
- a letter of application for the scholar-in-residency
- a proposal for the period of the scholar-in-residency, not to exceed
3 pages
- a CV
- name of editor/publisher of projected publication
- names of 2 colleagues from whom recommendations may be requested

Selection criteria:
- Research topic’s relevancy to the areas of focus promoted by the
- Innovative nature and feasibility of proposed research
- motivation for a residency at the Institute
- Quality and structure work plan
- potential contribution to the teaching activities at the Institute

- Applications must be submitted by email to the director of the Dutch
University Institute for Art History in Florence: prof. dr. Michael W.
- Based on the selection criteria, the Director advises the chair and
two members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute. Together
they form the selection committee.
- The director informs the applicant on the outcome of the selection

Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte, Viale Torricelli
5, 50125 Firenze
Tel. 055.221612 Fax. 055.221106


Rubenianum Fellowship 2017-2018

One year research fellowship at the Rubenianum, Antwerp, for doctoral or post-doctoral candidates.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must either be registered in a graduate programme towards a PhD or equivalent degree in the United States, or hold a PhD in Art History. Preference is given to applicants under the age of 30. The Fellow must reside in Belgium during the tenure of his or her fellowship.

Application forms can be downloaded from the BAEF website at In addition to a completed application form, applicants must furnish:

1. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

2. A complete curriculum vitae

3. A three page research proposal, outlining how your study will take advantage of the resources available

4. A copy of a published paper or a recent writing sample

5. Three letters of recommendation

Completed applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship must be submitted as electronic documents in pdf format attached to an email sent not later than October 31, 2016 to Prof. Dr. Emile Boulpaep, President of the BAEF.

Applications will be reviewed by the BAEF Selection Comittee. The selected applicant will be notified by May 1, 2017. The Fellow could start at the Rubenianum any time from September until end of December 2017.

For additional information contact Véronique Van de Kerckhof at the Rubenianum,, +32 3 201 15 77




Mellon MA History of Art Courtauld Institute of Art

Visualizing Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands, c. 1550-1730
Taught by Prof Joanna Woodall and Dr Eric Jorink

The Southern Netherlands and later the Dutch Republic were not only famous for their art production, but at the centre of the fundamental reconfigurations of knowledge that took place in Europe during the early modern period. Cities such as Antwerp, Leiden and later Amsterdam were ‘hubs’ attracting merchants, printers, artists and scholars from all over Europe. Old as well as new models for knowledge were not only debated but also made visible and even made tactile. Moreover, it was in the Dutch Republic that the revolutionary philosophy of René Descartes was conceived and first published. This course will be particularly concerned with the role of visuality and visual materials in these exciting developments.

We shall explore, throughout the course, the fascinating questions of what knowledge was in the early modern period, and how its foundations were shifting. While some artists were engaged in representing the Garden of Eden, the Ark or the Temple on paper and canvas or in wood as a model of knowledge, others became fascinated by the influx of unknown information for the East and West Indies and other parts of the world. Illustrations – schemes, abstractions, or images done after life – played an increasing role in the debate about the New Philosophy. Rembrandt’s Anatomy lesson of Dr Tulp was one of the many paintings in which knowledge was questioned and constructed, as were Vermeer’s Cartographer and Astronomer. Cabinets of curiosities – by far the richest in Europe – were productive sites of knowledge, where words and things were connected, often displaying previously unknown naturalia and artificialia. Another major theme will be the changing relationship between visual materials and the authority with which they were invested. Rather than separating ‘works of art’ from ‘scientific’ illustrations and materials, the course will encompass paintings, drawings and prints by canonical artists alongside, for example, the illustrations to Descartes’ Discours, original drawings by Maria Sibylla Merian and even anatomical preparations.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation MAs are Options in which a visiting scholar from another discipline enters into dialogue with a member of the faculty at the Courtauld Institute. They are offered for only one year. Dr. Eric Jorink is an expert on Dutch scientific culture of the early modern era. He is Researcher at the Huygens Institute for Netherlands History (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague and the author of Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715 (Brill 2010; reviewed in this issue of the Newsletter).

Students with a background in art history, history and/or the history of science and ideas are particularly encouraged to apply for this Option. Knowledge of Dutch or a Germanic language, whilst not essential, would be an advantage.
We are accepting applications to this MA Special Option on a rolling basis.
Academic Registry The Courtauld Institute of Art Somerset House, Strand London WC2R 0RN UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2635 / 2645 Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2410 Email:



Netherlandish Art and Architecture in an International Perspective

Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) offers a new Master's specialisation in Netherlandish Art and Architecture in an International Perspective. This comprehensive, one-year programme explores the history of painting and sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts of the Netherlands from the Late Middle Ages to the present. Taught in English, it gives students from different countries the opportunity to specialise in one of the most fascinating fields in art history.

Prospective students will need a Bachelor's degree in Art History or Cultural Studies, or at least 45 EC points (or equivalent) in art history courses. In all other cases, portfolio and motivation will determine whether the candidate meets the programme requirements. In addition, students will need adequate English language skills.

For more information, visit our website, or contact us at Radboud University's Student Information Desk (T: +31 (0)24 361 2345; E:





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