Sven Dupré is Director of the Research Institute for History and Art History of History of Art, and Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University (History & Art History) and the University of Amsterdam (Conservation & Restoration). He was the PI of the ARTECHNE project ‘Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise, 1500-1950’, supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2015-2021). Since 2018 he also heads the NWO Smart Culture Art DATIS project on the history of glass focusing on the archives of the artist Sybren Valkema (1916-1996), in collaboration with the RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Dusseldorf.


Previously he was Professor of History of Knowledge at the Freie Universität and Director of the Research Group ‘Art and Knowledge in Premodern Europe’ at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In Spring 2017 he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (University of Warwick) and the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH, University of Cambridge). In Spring 2015 he was Robert H. Smith Scholar in Residence for Renaissance Sculpture in Context at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His research has been supported by visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science at the University of Sydney.


Dupré is a founding editor of the open-access Journal for the History of Knowledge and the Routledge book series Knowledge Societies in History, originating in the NWO (Dutch Research Council) project “Creating a Knowledge Society in a Globalizing World”, in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities at Utrecht University. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Lund Center for History of Knowledge. Further, he regularly collaborates with artists (like David Hockney, Claudy Jongstra, Kader Attia), and currently with Ciprian Muresan as a selected partner in the EU Creative Europe programme Studiotopia. He serves on the steering committee of the National Science Agenda Route “Art: Research and Innovation in the 21st Century”. He is the founder of the Kunstlab (ArtLab) at Utrecht University, where he directs the interdisciplinary Utrecht Centre for Making (UMake). As a technical art historian, he is a member of the NICAS (Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science) Advisory Scientific Working Group.

Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe (Routledge, 2022)

A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

Reconstruction, Replication and Re-enactment in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Amsterdam University Press, 2020)

Gems in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Perspective as Practice (Brepols, 2019)

Knowledge and Discernment in the Early Modern Arts (Routledge, 2017)

Early Modern Color Worlds (Brill, 2016)
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