drs. Andrea van Leerdam
Faculty Council Member
Faculty Council
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As a PhD candidate since 1 October 2016, Andrea van Leerdam studies book illustrations (woodcuts) in printed books in Dutch from the early 16th century. Since 1 September 2017, she is a member of the Humanities Faculty Council.


Woodcuts as reading aids

Andrea’s research focuses on the functions of woodcut illustrations in printed books in Dutch until ca 1550 that present medical-astrological knowledge to a wide audience. In the early decades of the printing press, both producers and consumers of the printed book were only gradually getting acquainted with the new medium’s possibilities. Printers attempted to attract new audiences, of varying ranges of literacy, with ‘user-friendly’ books containing new reading aids such as title pages, explanatory prologues and captions. Andrea's project approaches illustrations as a type of reading aid which influences interpretation and reading experience. Focusing on Dutch vernacular books about health, the natural world and the cosmos, Andrea analyses how they are illustrated and how the woodcuts are related to the text. She also examines who were the intended and the actual users of these multimedia books in the vernacular.

Her project straddles the fields of medieval and early modern culture, art history, literature, book history, communication studies, and history of science. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded her a ‘PhD in the Humanities’ grant for her project ‘Woodcuts as reading aids: Illustrations and knowledge transfer in printed books in Dutch on the natural world, c. 1480 - c. 1550’.

Supervisors: Prof. Arnoud Visser, Prof. Bart Besamusca (UU)
Co-supervisor: Dr Daantje Meuwissen (VU Amsterdam)

Bio Andrea's PhD research analyses woodcut illustrations as reading aids in early 16th-century books on health and astrology.
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Curriculum vitae

Faculty council

As of 1 September 2017, Andrea is a member of the Humanities Faculty Council.


Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies

Since September 2016, Andrea is a Board Member of the Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies.


Artes literature

As a member of the Werkgroep Middelnederlandse Artesliteratuur (WEMAL, Study Group Middle Dutch Artes Literature) since 2008, Andrea collaborates on transcriptions and digital editions of medieval artes manuscripts. Artes literature encompasses texts with an instructive goal, such as recipes, or treatises about surgery, magic or astrology.


Communications advisor/editor

Before Andrea started her PhD research, she worked as a communications advisor and editor at the Faculty of Humanities from June 2007 to September 2016. Among other things, she was the editor-in-chief of HUMmagazine and of the Faculty's corporate website www.uu.nl/hum.

Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen

From 2006 to 2014 Andrea was a board member of the Stichting Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen, which aimed to make a wide audience familiar with the work of this 16th-century artist. After the successful exhibition 'Van Oostsanen - the first Dutch master' (Amsterdam Museum, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, 15 March - 29 June 2014) the Foundation has ended its activities as its goals have been achieved.



In 2005 Andrea graduated cum laude at Utrecht University in the MA programme 'Taal en cultuurstudies' (Language and culture studies). Her thesis was about illustrated manuscripts and early prints of the story of St. Brendan (13th-15th century).


Further information: see LinkedIn

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Links to my web publications:

All publications
  2017 - Websites / portals
van Leerdam, A.E. (21.07.2017). “The schip full wonders”.
van Leerdam, A.E. & Chen, Jessie Wei-Hsuan (2017). A Renaissance herbal owned by a noble lady.
van Leerdam, A.E. & Chen, Jessie Wei-Hsuan (2017). Densely annotated and richly illustrated: a famous herbal in Dutch translation.
van Leerdam, A.E. & Chen, Jessie Wei-Hsuan (2017). Healthy herbs in print.
  2017 - Workshop, seminar, course
van Leerdam, A.E. (26.06.2017) Participant Summer school: The History of Printed Book Illustration Oxford (26.06.2017 - 30.06.2017)
  2017 - Invited talk
van Leerdam, A.E. (21.09.2017) Invited speaker Studiedag Werkgroep Middelnederlandse Artesliteratuur (WEMAL) Utrecht (21.09.2017) Den groten herbarius, 1526
van Leerdam, A.E. (07.10.2017) Invited speaker Weekend van de Wetenschap: Ontmoet een middeleeuwer Utrecht (07.10.2017) Houtsneden: een middeleeuws massamedium
  2017 - Oral presentation
van Leerdam, A.E. (12.01.2017) Invited speaker 6th History of Science PhD Conference De Glind (12.01.2017 - 13.01.2017) ‘Woodcuts as reading aids: Illustrations and knowledge transfer in printed books in Dutch on the natural world, c. 1480 - c. 1550’
van Leerdam, A.E. (29.09.2017) Invited speaker Drongo talenfestival Utrecht (29.09.2017 - 30.09.2017) Middeleeuwse beeldtaal: De lingua franca van 15e-eeuwse houtsneden
  2016 - Articles
van Leerdam, A.E. (2016). Presenteerblaadje (section). Pandora, Tijdschrift van het Vrouwennetwerk UU, 31 (2), (pp. 16) (1 p.).
  2016 - Invited talk
van Leerdam, A.E. (11.11.2016) Invited speaker 22th Dutch - Flemish Medieval Studies Day Utrecht (11.11.2016)
  2014 - Book editorship
van Tuinen, Ilona, Meuwissen, Daantje & van Leerdam, A.E. (2014). Het vroegste Amsterdamse schetsboek. Een zestiende-eeuws zakboekje uit het atelier van Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen. Oostzaan: Stichting Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen.
Meuwese, M.L., Lie, O.S.H., van Leerdam, A.E. & Patijn, Maria (2014). Kennis in Beeld - Denken en doen in de Middeleeuwen. (196 p.). Hilversum: Verloren.
  2014 - Book parts / chapters
van Leerdam, A.E. (2014). De kunst van het sterven. In Andrea van Leerdam, Martine Meuwese, Orlanda S.H. Lie & Maria Patijn (Eds.), Kennis in beeld - Denken en doen in de Middeleeuwen (pp. 176-183). Hilversum: Verloren.
van Leerdam, A.E. (2014). Teamwork op monumentale schaal. De gewelfschilderingen van Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen. In Daantje Meuwissen (Eds.), Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (ca. 1475-1533). De Renaissance in Amsterdam en Alkmaar (exhibition catalogue Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar and Amsterdam Museum) (pp. 141-151). Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers.
  2013 - Book reviews
van Leerdam, A.E. (2013). Nieuwe Brandaan-uitgave: grensoverstijgende avonturen in matige vertaling - Recensie van Ludo Jongen, Julia Szirmai en Johan Winkelman (ed.), De reis van Sint Brandaan, Verloren 2013. Queeste, 20 (1), (pp. 59-62).
  2013 - Invited talk
van Leerdam, A.E. (12.04.2013) Invited speaker Conference 'Illustrating the Early Printed Book' Den Haag (12.04.2013) Reusing images: what’s the use? Iconographic repetition as a ‘reading aid’ in German prints of St. Brendan’s voyage, ca 1476-1521
  2012 - Articles
van Leerdam, A.E. (2012). Drukkersaffiches. Madoc, 26 (4 (themanummer Communicatie)), (pp. 204-205).
van Leerdam, A.E. (2012). Herkenbare houtsneden. Iconografische ontlening in Duitse drukken van het reisverhaal van Sint Brandaan. Madoc, 26 (3), (pp. 140-151).

Further publications and links




  • Andrea van Leerdam, ‘Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen. De vroegst bekende Amsterdamse kunstenaar’, Simulacrum. Tijdschrift voor kunst en cultuur 18 (2010), nr. 4, 32-38



Between 2007 and 2014, I wrote and edited various short, popularising articles in the Jacobsbode, the biannual magazine of the Stichting Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen.

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Currently drs. Andrea van Leerdam teaches the following course(s):
TLMV16104 Ned-Schrijven voor een breed publiek V M 5.0
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