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Artistic exchange

For several centuries there were two main artistic traditions in Europe: that of

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Italy and that of the Low Countries. Italian artists were thought to be more successful in representing the human body, while the Dutch and Flemish were seen as unrivalled masters in realistic landscape painting.

Following in the footsteps of the many Northern artists who visited Italy, from Rogier van der Weyden to the present day, the Institute researches the rich tradition of exchange and mutual influences between these two great schools of artistic production.

  1. Collecting and collections of Netherlandish art in Italy
  2. Dutch and Flemish artists at the service of popes, Italian princes and other patrons
  3. Flemish tapestries in Italian public collections
  4. Caravaggism in Northern Europe and in Italy
  5. Reception of the Antique in the Netherlands. Art, architecture and theory between 1500 and 1800