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The primary goal of the Dutch University Institute for Art History is to stimulate and facilitate research and education, in particular for affiliated Dutch universities, and in so doing promote exchange and collaboration with academic institutions in Italy.

The main focus is on three areas of interest:

  • Italian art;
  • Dutch and Flemish art and artists in Italy
  • artistic relations between the Netherlands/Belgium and Italy.

Mission-related tasks


Promote, support and carry out academic research in the

aforementioned areas, and establish and conduct research projects.

Promote, support and provide education for students pursuing BA, MA and PhD degrees. The Dutch University Institute for Art History  does not only provide and accommodate art history courses, but it also offers educational and other facilities in related academic fields, such as Italian language and literature, and outstanding opportunities for the study of history, law, sociology, the visual arts, industrial and architectural design and fashion design. In addition, the Institute acts as an operational base from where guests can more easily access local academic and museological sister institutions.

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Provide facilities, including room and board for, in particular, Dutch students and researchers in the aforementioned and other disciplines. For education and research, the institute has an unparalleled scholarly library, a photo archive of the highest international standard, study spaces, an auditorium and a grant programme.

The Dutch University Institute for Art History helps establish contacts in Italy and stimulates the deployment of Dutch students and researchers in leading Italian institutions working in the area of art

history and related disciplines and subjects. As such, it helps young Dutch academics orientate themselves in the international art historical branch and the career market.


In addition to lectures and conferences, the Institute also organizes cultural activities with Italian, Dutch and other partners, that constitute the more public-oriented side of the research activities. The most significant fruits of this research, as well as a variety of other artistic themes, are presented during these occasions for colleagues and the public at large.