Transfer and Transformation


Prof. dr. Frans Grijzenhout

Members of the research group

prof.dr. F. Grijzenhout
dr. M. van Groesen
prof.dr. J.P.B. Jonker
dr. E.E.P. Kolfin
dr. A.R. de Koomen
dr. D.H. van Netten
dr. J.A.T. Rock
dr. G.M. v.d. Roemer
dr. E. Smits
prof.dr. T.H.P.M. Thomassen
prof.dr. A. Wallert
dr. M.A. Weststeijn

Description of the research programme of the research group

The culture of the Dutch Golden Age, in all its richness, cannot be fully understood but in its confrontation and exchange with contemporary cultures, in Europe and beyond, and its dynamic reception and consecutive transformation elsewhere and in later times. Whereas Horst Gerson’s ground breaking Ausbreitung und Nachwirkung der holländische Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts (1942) concentrated mainly on Dutch painting and took its intrinsic quality as a starting point for further consideration, this working group is also interested in inter- and transcultural processes that have shaped and reshaped the culture of the Dutch Golden Age, and its image.
The aim of the present working group is, firstly, to explore the cultural transfer to and from the Dutch Republic during the Golden Age. This concerns both the world of learning, books, art works and other artefacts, and the cultural exchange between the Netherlands and other European and non-European countries and cultures in a broader sense.
The second aim of the working group is to study processes of critical reflection on and the reception of the culture of the Dutch Golden Age, in its own period and in later times. This involves different aspects of critique, cultural appropriation, musealisation, canonization and commodification of the Dutch Golden Age in its aftermath in an ever changing cultural context.

Envisaged results

The research group expects to publish articles in scientific journals, monographs, proceedings of conferences (e.g. The Legacy of Dutch Brazil), and doctoral dissertations (e.g. on Dutch Surinam and on Dutch artists in Naples). Members of the group will apply for research grants both from NWO and from international funding organisations.

Work plan and time schedule

The working group will convene several times a year, and will meet in the context of the monthly seminar of the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age.

Societal relevance

Members of the group will participate in all kinds of public activities, like lectures for a wider audience, public exhibitions in libraries and museums, articles in popular journals and newspapers. Some of the research activities show a high level of societal relevance, like the
image of blacks in the Dutch Golden Age, cultural relations with Asia, etc.

Published by  Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

17 June 2016