Prof. dr. Konrad Ottenheym

Konrad Ottenheym is a resident KNIR fellow in the spring of 2016. During his stay at the KNIR he will work, together with Karl Enenkel, on the completion of a book summarizing the results of the KNAW-funded project The Quest for an Appropriate Past. They will also teach a Masterclass on this same topic and organise other activities related to this project.

Konrad Ottenheym (1960) is professor of Architectural History in the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University. Currently he is Director of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis). In 2010 he was elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He is also a member of the steering committee of the ESF research network PALATIUM, and member of the advisory board of the Residenzen-Kommission of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen (Germany).

Ottenheym is a specialist on Dutch seventeenth-century architecture, its sources in the Italian Renaissance and its influence in Europe. He contributed to various architectural exhibitions in Hamburg (Germany), Vicenza (Italy) and Washington, DC as well as in the royal palace of Amsterdam. He is author of various monographs on Dutch architects of the Golden Age, such as Philips Vingboons, Pieter Post (with Jan Terwen) and Jacob van Campen (with others), and also wrote on the influence of Italian architectural treatises in seventeenth-century Dutch architecture. He co-operated in the recent English editions of Vincenzo Scamozzi’s treatise L’Idea della architettura universale, the main handbook on classical design theories in seventeenth-century Holland (Architectura et Natura Publishers, 2004 and 2007). In 2006 and 2008 he organized two international conferences on public buildings in early modern Europe, with the proceedings published in one volume by Brepols Publishers in 2010. In recent years he wrote and coordinated together with Krista De Jonge (Leuven University) a survey on the international activities of Netherlandish building masters during the sixteenth and seventeenth century (The Low Countries at the Crossroads, 2013).



Recent publications include:

with Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen (eds.), Beyond Scylla and Charybdis. European Courts and Court Residences outside Habsburg and Valois / Bourbon Territories 1500-1700, Copenhagen 2015

‘Living apart together? Apartment systems of the Dutch seventeenth-century elite’, in: Monique Chatenet, Krista De Jonge (eds.), Le prince, la princesse et leurs logis. Manières d’habiter dans l’élite aristocratique européenne (1400-1700), Paris 2014, 327-340.

with Krista De Jonge (eds.), The Low Countries at the Crossroads. Netherlandish Architecture as an Export Product in Early Modern Europe (1480-1680), (Architectura Moderna 8), Turnhout 2013

with Krista De Jonge & Monique Chatenet (eds.), Public Buildings in Early Modern Europe (Architectura Moderna 9), Turnhout 2010

Schoonheid op maat. Vincenzo Scamozzi en de architectuur van de Gouden Eeuw, Amsterdam 2010