History of Art: A Thousand Years of European Highlights - Track

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Course fee (excl. housing)
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This course is closed and you can't apply anymore. Please check our other courses.

Unfortunately this track is fully booked. But, we do also offer a great track course called The Making of Europe in Rome - Utrecht - Berlin. Feel free to take a look on the course page and apply.

Stay in three of Europe's most wonderful cities, cover around 2000 years of Western art, visit all the relevant museums and sites and yet feel like you’ve done no more than just skim the surface. The European Highlights course combines a broad approach with profound analysis over a period of six weeks in Florence, Utrecht and Berlin. Seize this opportunity to travel back in time and through some of Europe's most incredible museums in only one summer.

In Florence, you will have the chance to see the works of the great Italian Masters of the Renaissance in the flesh, visiting the many renowned museums, magnificent cathedrals and grand palaces.

The journey then continues up north, to Utrecht. Since the Netherlands is a relatively small country, we will visit several cities to discover the Golden Age of Dutch Art. All the landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lifes may look so realistic that one can feel the sea-breeze and smell the grapes, but in fact, nothing in these artistic works really is what it seems.

The last two weeks you will stay in Berlin, where you will focus on the circumstances that shaped the production and reception of German art during the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Upon completion, you will have experienced Western Art in broad strokes, and covered particular periods in great detail. The course is highly interactive, and for a large part takes place in front of the original artworks.

A02 Golden Age of Dutch Art 2023_6.pdf
A05 Art in Germany 2023_0.pdf
A08 The Art of the Renaissance in Florence and Rome_0.pdf
Course director
Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein, Anna Koldeweij, MA & Dr. Matthias Vollmer

Target audience

The course is open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History. No previous experience required.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
A third party

Additional information


Florence: The check-in date for this course at NIKI is Friday 30 June 2023, between 10.00 - 20.00. The majority of the students will stay at the NIKI, some will stay in an apartment nearby. This is scheduled by the Utrecht Summer School office or the NIKI. In case you cannot arrive on Friday, please contact the NIKI one month prior to the start of the course to arrange an alternative check-in.

Berlin: Housing is optional. But, please note that payments made between June 1 and June 24 with or without housing are final and choices regarding housing cannot be changed. In case of cancellation by the participant after 24 June, the service fee (€ 100) as well as the fee for accommodation at Ju-Li Hostel in Berlin (€ 400) amounting to a total of € 500 cannot be refunded. The remaining amount will be refunded according to our regular cancellation policy.

Information on housing in Berlin and Florence can be found here
Information on housing in Utrecht can be found here


The transfer from Florence to Utrecht and from Utrecht to Berlin is included but optional. You are welcome to make your own arrangements. More information is presented here. If you choose to do so, make sure to indicate this in your application. If you like us to book the transfers, please note that your luggage may not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). 

- If you arrange the transfer from Florence to Utrecht yourself, you will receive a € 150 course fee reduction.
- If you arrange the transfer from Utrecht to Berlin yourself, you will receive an
65 course fee reduction.

Students are responsible for travel arrangements from their home country to Florence and from Berlin to their home country.

Contact details

Utrecht Summer School | E: info@utrechtsummerschool.nl


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline