Dutch Culture: History and Art

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 760.00
Studying in the ancient and beautiful city of Utrecht (according to the Lonely Planet one of the 10 most unsung cities in the world!), you will be receiving a wonderful and in-depth introduction to the history and art of The Netherlands. You will discover the rich cultural traditions of the Netherlands from the Dutch Golden Age to the present day and learn about Dutch traditions of literacy, tolerance and its connections with the wider world.

Lectures include topics ranging from the Dutch “Golden Age” to contemporary Dutch art. During excursions you will visit several renowned museums, including the Rijksmuseum, to view paintings by old masters such as Rembrandt. To offer you a clearcut programme this course will be devoted to two specific themes:

Theme 1: Dutch Identity and History  

 We will start with some historical lecturers that will give you insight in distinctive historical periods of Dutch history. Topics that will be discussed include: development of the Netherlands during the Middle Ages, the Dutch religious landscape and the prints and cartography of the Dutch Golden Age.

Theme 2: History of Art & Architecture

Within the historical context of the preceding topics, students will be introduced to the cultural expressions and traditions that support the Dutch in their claim to international fame as a cultural nation. During this part of the course lecturers will discuss early modern, modern and contemporary art and archiecture in the Netherlands, including Land Art, touching upon famous artists such as Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Judith Leyster, Vincent van Gogh, Mondrian, Charley Toorop, Rineke Dijkstra, Iris van Herpen and others. 
You will experience an intensive two-week programme with lectures and seminar groups during which you are expected to participate in discussions and work on assignments and group presentations.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Tessel Bauduin

Target audience

The programme is open to students from all disciplines, although the course will focus on the humanities and social sciences.

Course aim

This course introduces participants to the history of the Netherlands and to Dutch art.

Study load

A minimum of:
7 lectures
4 seminars
1 day excursion
1 exam
1 certificate ceremony


Course fee
€ 760.00
Housing fee
€ 350.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

More information

Utrecht Summer School


+31 30 253 4400


Application deadline: 15 July 2019