Dr. Marjolijn Bol

Associate Professor
Art History

Marjolijn Bol is Associate Professor in Technical Art History and PI of the ERC Project Dynamics of the Durable. Trained as an art historian, her research intersects with historical studies of craft, heritage, knowledge, and the environment with a special focus on performative methods (reconstruction) and written sources on art technology. In 2014, Marjolijn received a Veni grant for her research on the history of imitation materials in the arts. Her current ERC research project investigates a long-term history of durability in art from the perspective of artisans and patrons, see our project website for more information. In 2018 she established the ArtLab at Utrecht University, a cross-disciplinary space for research and teaching from the perspective of making and materials, hosted by the Department of History and Art History. It has since become a space for bringing together research and teaching activities devoted to technical studies, digital methodologies, citizen science, and with a special focus on cultural heritage, with a focus on learning by making.

Marjolijn is a member of De Jonge Akademie of the KNAW and the Utrecht Young Academy. Two recent publications include The Varnish and the Glaze (University of Chicago Press, 2023) and The Matter of Mimesis , co-edited with E.C. Spary (Brill, 2023). She on the editorial boards of Studies in Art & Materiality (Brill), a peer-reviewed book series dedicated to innovative scholarship about the relation between art, materials, and making and of Art Matters, an international journal for Technical Art History.