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Art History

Our research encompasses the broad field of art history from the early modern period to the present - from drawings and prints to painting and installation, performance, sound and media art.

Each staff member has their own specific focus in terms of genres, mediums, theories or periods, but we share a number of underlying questions: for example, how art and visual culture are produced, presented, appropriated, and recontextualized in various media (from sketchbooks through exhibitions to digital platforms), and how new media have become subjects and materials of art practice. We also study canon formation and the functioning of the (global) art market, and we practice and reflect on art criticism.

We are active in the CLUE+ research cluster 'Paradigms of Creativity’ and work together closely with other universities and museums, galleries and auction houses, and with the artists themselves, both nationally and internationally.


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Art History staff members
Dr. Angela Bartholomew, UD contemporary art
Dr. Jos ten Berge, UD modern art
Prof. Dr. Hans Fidom, Professor of Organ Studies (Stichting Het Orgelpark)
Prof. Dr. Katja Kwastek, professor of modern and contemporary art
Dr. Sven Lütticken, UD contemporary art & art criticism
Dr. Daantje Meuwissen, UD early modern art
Prof. Dr. Wayne Modest,  endowed professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies, housed by the National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW)
Dr. Ingrid Vermeulen, UHD early modern art
Dr. Carine Zaayman, postdoctoral researcher (Worlding Public Cultures)

PhD students
Steyn Bergs
Jelle Bouwhuis
Huigen Leeflang
Chen Wanyin
Christoph Chwatal (dual degree with University of Cologne)