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Technical Art History

UvA Technical Art History
Technical art history. Photo: Abbie Vandivere.

This new branch of art history focuses on an artwork as a physical object: it studies the materials, techniques and production methods that went into its making, as well as artist’s reflections on the process of creation.

In a small group, students work hands-on with a wide variety of art objects, using state-of-the-art analytical equipment to examine their construction and material composition. In addition to academic courses on the history of art technology and applied science, the course includes excursions, workshops, and making historical reconstructions.

The Conservation and Restoration Department at the UvA is one of the few programmes in the world to offer this specialisation, which sits at the crossroads between conservation, art history, and science. We are ideally situated to facilitate connection and internships within the museums and institutions in Amsterdam, and participate in relevant research projects.