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Internship posts

Internship Posts – Master’s Level

Duration: three to six months

Internships provide interns with the opportunity of gaining knowledge and experience in the following work areas:
– Academic research
– Documentation and accessibility
– Technical research of material
– Information processing

The internship consists of a selection of the following activities:

  1. Independent development in specific areas of art history
  2. Making (new) art historical data accessible in a well-founded manner, using internationally valid systems and standards
  3. Technical and art historical analysis of art objects

Corresponding to your wishes, needs, specialization, etc., the activities can concentrate on a specific period between 1250 and the present. In addition to acquiring knowledge and skills regarding the role of librarian and art historical/academic databases in the institute, the international character of the activities also plays a fundamental role.

The preparation of a well-founded report is an integral part of the internship. Accreditation: from 10 to 15 ECTS (depending on the duration of the internship). A number of grants will be used to financially support the stay in Florence. Internships in archaeology and other disciplines are also possible.

PATRICIAN PATRONAGE PROJECT

 

Research internships at the NIKI in Florence (3 months, 20 ECTS)

The aim of the Patrician Patronage Project: Commissioning Art in Florence during Medici Rule 1530-1670 is to reconstruct the art patronage of Florentine patricians of the period 1530-1670. For a long time this patronage has received little art historical attention due to the fact that most of the research was dedicated to the patronage of the grand-ducal Medici court. This has led to a distorted picture of the way in which Florence functioned in this period as a center of art and culture. By shedding light on the patronage of Florentine patricians, which has proven to be very important, the patronage of the Medici-court is put in an entirely new perspective.

The Patrician Patronage Project (PPP) is interested in questions such as: what kind of art objects and buildings were commissioned by the patricians and for which locations in- and outside of the city were they intended? What were the circumstances in which these commissions were given and what were the intentions of the patrons? Which artists and architects were approached to execute these commissions? As the PPP treats a time span of 140 years, questions concerning continuity and discontinuity are discussed as well: is there a notable change in the nature of the commissions and if so, what are possible explanations for this change? Do certain subjects and motifs maintain their popularity or do they go out of fashion and are they replaced by others? Does the relationship between patrons and artists/architects change? Does the “cultural horizon” of the patrons expand over the years, or is there no notable change?

For the purpose of the PPP a database has been developed in which the results of the ongoing research are entered and which, subsequently, allows to retrieve information by entering specific research questions.

After a period of more broadly based research, the PPP will concentrate in the coming five years (2015-2020) on the patronage of fifteen, from a cultural point of view, important Florentine patrician families of the aforementioned period. The research concerning the patronage of these families will be conducted at the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence (NIKI) by research interns. From September 2015 until September 2020 there will be three research internships available per year, each for a period of three months. The periods are: from September to November, from January to March and from April to June. During the research internship, the intern will collect relevant information from primary, secondary, and archival sources and enters this in the database, following the given guidelines. Furthermore, this internship provides the intern with the opportunity to write a paper or an article based on the conducted research.

The internships are open for Master and Research Master students who study Art History at one of the universities in the Netherlands. The internship is equivalent to 20 ECTS and can be followed as an elective, as a tutorial or as a specialization. 15 ECTS (420 hours) are dedicated to conducting research and entering the art objects in the database. For the remaining 5 ECTS (140 hours) the intern can write a paper. The ECTS will be accredited by the NIKI. The student him- or herself bears the responsibility of obtaining the approval of the examination board of his or her university for participating in the internship. The interns will be offered a stay at the NIKI for a reduced price, i.e. 5 euro a night. Travelling expenses and other costs will also be at the student’s own expense.

The interns will be selected by a board, consisting of Prof Dr Henk Th. van Veen (University of Groningen), Prof Dr Michael Kwakkelstein (NIKI) and Prof Dr Gert Jan van der Sman (NIKI), based on a motivational letter, CV, a list of marks and an interview.

At the moment we are looking for interns from January 2017 onwards, for the following months:

January – March 2017

April – June 2017

September – November 2017

The research interns will be supervised by Prof Dr Henk Th. van Veen. Please send your application to h.t.van.veen@rug.nl

Closing date applications: Sunday June 12th 2016 

Questions regarding the research internship can be directed to Sanne Roefs (florentinepatricians@gmail.com)

Admission requirements:

  • You are a (Research) Master student of Art History
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in Art History
  • You have a demonstrated interest in Italian art of the Early Modern Period
  • You are interested in research concerning patronage
  • You have a passive knowledge of Italian (or you are willing to acquire this knowledge before participating in the internship). This is an essential skill as most of the sources are written in Italian.

For more information, seehttp://www.rug.nl/let/organization/bestuur-afdelingen-en-medewerkers/afdelingen/afdeling-kunstgeschiedenis/patronage-project/