Art History research culture


Art History is an historical discipline consisting of specialist and interdisciplinary research. The OSK research school distinguishes between three disciplinary subdomains: Pre-1850 Art, Modern & Contemporary Art, and Architecture, Urban Planning & Historical Interiors. In addition, there are three methodological subdomains: Technical Research & Atelier Practices, Iconology, and Art Theory. Art History encompasses a wide variety of specialist and interdisciplinary research. This is not confined to specialisms focusing on diverse art forms, but also includes interdisciplinary links with other domains, for example history, cultural history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, neurosciences and research on techniques and materials, as well as with domains that are themselves interdisciplinary in orientation, such as cultural studies. Art History actively maintains links with these domains. The research culture therefore displays both domain-specific features and strong ties with other domains. Art History has diverse theoretical approaches and research traditions. All sections of the domain have close ties with practitioners working in the arts and in art history.


Target groups

Art History in the Netherlands is internationally oriented, but it also has close professional relationships with practitioners of art history at museums, exhibitions, art conservation and art restoration studios, and in journalism. It reaches out to professional communities and interested members of the general public through specialist journals and general magazines, books, catalogues, films and documentaries.


Products and communication

  • Academic publications often take the form of books and (essays in) edited volumes, in both Dutch and international journals.
  • International publications tend to be in English. Many publications also appear in Dutch, however. These tend to be hybrid publications intended for professional/academic and general readers. Other relevant publication languages are German, French and Italian.
  • Review processes are important in the context of national and international publications, often taking the form of peer reviews and editorial reviews.


Processes and strategies

  • Cooperation and communication with professionals at museums and other institutions.
  • The most common type of publication is the ‘single-authored publication’.


Domain-specific aspects of quality and relevance

Catalogues, exhibitions, historical and technical documentation.


Relevance of indicators for products

The domain panel has authorised various publication channels for journals and books. The multidisciplinary nature of this domain means that indicators authorised by other panels are also relevant. Link to lists


Relevance of quantitative indicators for use and marks of recognition

Bibliometric indicators such as citation analyses are not useful, even if based on Google Scholar. That is because many of the publication channels are not indexed and because reference practices are too diverse.