Histories of Global Netherlandish Art, 1550-1750


New project: The Dutch Global Age (funded by NWO-Vici, 2023-2028)

The art of the Dutch ‘Golden’ Age has many non-Western elements, from the Islamic scarf of Vermeer’s Girl with Pearl Earring to Rembrandt’s Chinese porcelain. The project ‘The Dutch Global Age’ examines how Netherlandish art has contributed to a global worldview and demonstrates the contemporary relevance of Netherlandish Old Masters in a globalizing world.

The research team explores interactions between the arts of the Netherlands and the world beyond Europe. It combines different approaches: technical art history (how were non-European materials used and imitated by Netherlandish artisans?), iconography (how did Netherlandish artists represent the world symbolically?), and economic art history (what were the routes, volumes, and prices of artefacts that circulated globally)?

For more information contact Thijs Weststeijn, m.a.weststeijn@uu.nl.


Former projects:

Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art 66

 Histories of Global Netherlandish Art

 The Chinese Impact: Images and Ideas of China in the Dutch Golden Age

Seminar series in Global Art History and Heritage

Conference,  The Cultural Dimension of Dutch Overseas Expansion (2021)

Conference, Netherlandish Art and the World (2018)

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