A contextual study of visual culture in the Greater Netherlands and its underlying historical and socioeconomic assumptions from the Late Medieval to the Early Modern period, through immediate contact with urban cultures, such as in Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and Antwerp.  Includes daily visits to major museums, buildings, and sites; hands-on research in various collections; discussion sessions with leading scholars in the field; and a critical introduction to various research strategies, including ART & MARKETS. (2 course credits) Van Miegroet.

Included in the program are visits to major museums, sites, private collections and discussion sessions with leading scholars in the art history field and an critical introduction to research strategies.

ARTHIST 262A-263A is the option for undergraduates, while graduate students should enroll in ARTHIST 506A-507A. Past participants have included both undergraduate and graduate students from the University of California, Brown, Princeton, and Harvard.


This program is designed to create a wide range of integrated cultural experiences through daily trips to leading cities in the Netherlands and Belgium.  In these cities, participants will get in touch with the local culture through a number of hands-on explorations. The group will travel together to various urban environments, attend diverse cultural events, and visit major architectural sites, private collections, and museums.

    Also part of the group excursions are frequent guest presentations by leading international scholars in the field. These give all participants an opportunity to hear a range of opinions about different subjects and to make personal contact with famous authors.  Planned presentations include the following: Jan de Maere on art dealing and collecting; distinguished professors Koen Ottenheym and Krista De Jonge on early modern architecture; Marten Jan Bok on the economics of art; Tine Meganck on courtly art and architecture; Joost vander Auwera on early modern visual culture; and Gary Schwartz on Rembrandt (have a look at the Schwartzlist).  A lot of attention is also paid to immediate experience of the urban culture in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem, Delft, Den Haag and Rotterdam. In Belgium, excursions depart from Ghent to Antwerp, Brussels, Mechelen, Leuven, and Bruges (including day trips to Germany and France). Easy and efficient transportation is provided by vans.




30 JUNE  -  10 AUG 2013


ARTHIST 262A - 263A                                                               ALP, CCI, CZ

ARTHIST 506A - 507A


The Duke University Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and the Office of Study Abroad will offer a six-week, two-course program in Ghent (Flanders) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in the summer of 2013. This program will introduce all participants to a contextual study of Netherlandish art and visual culture from the Early Modern period.  Professor Hans J. Van Miegroet, Chair of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies will direct the program.

        The first two weeks of the program will take place in Amsterdam, former international trading center of the Dutch Republic. Amsterdam offers the ideal environment for a contextual study of Netherlandish visual culture of the Early Modern period in a creative and intellectually stimulating manner. 

        The final four weeks of the program will based in Ghent, located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, which has strong cultural, historical, and linguistic ties with the present-day Netherlands. The city has an attractive medieval to post-modern scenery and is centrally located to major cities such as Paris, Brussels, Antwerp and Cologne.  It is also a dynamic university town with a wide range of diverse cultural activities.

Applicants may wish to consult the following comprehensive list of Dutch and Flemish art: http://www.codart.nl





For the nights of 30 June to 4 July, students will be housed in the historic center of Amsterdam. All participants will be accommodated in comfortable, double-occupancy rooms with wireless internet and shower at Hotel residence Le Coin, Doelenstraat 5, 1012CP Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Telephone (direct from the US):011-31-20-524-6800    

                                       E-ml: lecoin@holding.uva.nl

                                       URL: http://www.lecoin.nl/indexEN.html 

The hotel can be reached easily form the central Station by Tram #9, #24 and #25 (third stop Muntplein).


For the nights of 5 July to 10 August, students will be housed in  will be accommodated in comfortable, double-occupancy rooms with wireless internet and shower at Europahotel, Gordunakaai 59, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. Telephone (direct from the US): 011-32-9-222-6071                 E-ml: info@europahotel-gent.be            URL: http://www.europahotel-gent.be/en/


Breakfast is included both in Amsterdam and in Ghent. Students are responsible for all other meals.


Duke undergraduates who receive need-based financial aid during the academic year are eligible to apply for financial aid for up to two sumer study abroad programs offering either one or two courses of credit. THis aid is offered in addition to the eight basic academic year semesters of financial aid. Eligibility for ad will be determined n the same manner as academic year aid. This policy does not apply to this program taken prior to matriculation or after graduation. Financial aid applications are available on line: http://studyabroad.duke.edu/summer/finances.html and must be submitted to the Duke Office of Global Education.


Tuition for two courses             $ TBD

Program Fee                            $ TBD

Total Due Duke University    $ TBD

This fee includes room, partial board, program excursions with Duke vans, guest lectures, and all fees to access museums and exhibitions.

This fee does not include airfare, meals other than breakfast and personal expenses.



Applications received before 6 February 2013 will receive full consideration. After that date, applications will be processed on a space-available basis. Submit the following to the Duke Office of Study Abroad:

1. A completed online application

  1. 2.An authorization and consent form

  2. 3.An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended

  3. 4.A  personal statement

  4. 5.One academic reference


Graduate students follow the same application procedures, but may also want to enroll for an additional 700-level advanced research tutorial.

For more information, contact:

Professor Hans J. Van Miegroet

Program Director

Dept. of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Duke University

East Duke Building, Box 90764

Durham, NC 27708, USA

+1-919-684-2504          hvm@duke.edu

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