History of Art: Relations between Italy and the Netherlands - Track

The Utrecht Summer School offers the opportunity to travel back in time!

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Course Level
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands Florence, Italy


Experience the art of both traditions firsthand, staying in two cities that played a crucial role in the art of their country: Florence and Utrecht.

This highly interactive course takes place largely in front of the original artworks, allowing you to experience, discuss and learn more about them in their close proximity.

Experts of our partner institute in Florence will tell you all about the works of the great Italian Masters of the Renaissance. The names of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio are associated with some of the most original, appealing and amazing achievements in the visual arts. What drove these versatile artists to reach the pinnacle of perfection and what is it that makes their works so special and appealing even to a modern audience? To answer these questions this course will take the student back to the period of the Italian Renaissance focusing not only on the original context in which the works of art were made, but also on artworks by their peers with whom they often competed. 

The journey then continues up north, in Utrecht, where you will discover the Golden Age of Dutch Art. This part of the course takes you back in time to the Dutch 17th century: the early modern period, when Dutch ships sailed the oceans from the Americas to the Indies, and the tiny Dutch Republic dominated the world's stage. All the landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lives 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.

Day to Day Documents

Green Travel Guide_1.pdf

A02_Day to day programme_2024_0.pdf

A08 Summer School NIKI Florence 2024.pdf

Target audience

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


  • Price €1975.00
  • Fee covers Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €800
  • Housing provider: A third party

Additional information

Accommodation in Florence: take a look at this page

The transfer from Florence to Utrecht is NOT included in the course fee. A travel guide is available hereStudents are also responsible for travel arrangements from their home country to Florence and from Utrecht to their home country. 

Accommodation in Utrecht: Take a look here for more information. The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order.