Artistic Exchange between the Netherlands and Italy in the Early Modern Period

Date: 12 December 2019
Venue: RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague
The conference will be held in English

For several centuries Italy and the Low Countries were the centres of two major traditions in European painting. Italian artists were thought to be more successful in representing the human body, while the Dutch and Flemish were seen as unrivalled masters in naturalistic landscape painting. From the 15th century onwards an increasing number of painters from the Low Countries spent part of their careers in Italy, where they avidly studied Italian and classical sources to enrich their artistic know-how. In turn, they contributed to the diversification of pictorial genres in Italy by introducing new subjects and themes. In the 17th century, the city of Rome alone attracted over five-hundred artists from the Low Countries.