The Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence, founded in 1958, promotes research on Italian art, on Dutch and Flemish art and artists in Italy and on the rich tradition of artistic exchange and mutual influence between Italy and the North.
It provides scholars and students from the Netherlands and elsewhere with accommodation, research and publication opportunities and the use of its library in a city with extraordinary resources for art historical research and international academic training and exchange.
In addition the Institute publishes scholarly works and organizes seminars, courses, lectures and conferences.
The Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence is part of the University of Utrecht and is administered by the Executive Committee of the Nederlandse Wetenschappelijke Instituten in het Buitenland (Dutch Academic Institutes Abroad), consisting of representatives from the Board of Governors from the six participating universities, namely, the University of Amsterdam, The Free University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, the University of Leiden, Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Utrecht.
In determining and evaluating policy, the Dutch University Institute for Art History is assisted by a Scientific Advisory Board (WAR), which consists of staff
members from the participating universities and representatives from affiliated institutions.