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Marieke Hendriksen is a historian of science and medicine, specialized in the material culture of eighteenth-century medicine and chemistry. She received her PhD from Leiden University in 2012 and has held fellowships at the National Maritime Museum in London, Groningen University, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. The topics of her publications range from historical anatomical collections and medicine chests to anatomical preparation methods and the production of coloured glass.

At Utrecht University she works as a postdoctoral researcher within the ERC-funded project Artechne. The project studies how technique was taught and learned in art and science between 1500 and 1950. Although the term ‘technical’ is readily used today, presently a history of the shifting meanings of the term ‘technique’ in arts and science is sorely lacking. Marieke's research is aimed at closing this gap in intellectual history, a.o. through the development of an interactive semantic-geographical map of ‘technique’ and related terms.

 

Scientific expertise
history of medicine
visual and material culture
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Key publications

Hendriksen, M.M.A. (2016). Necessary, not sufficient - The Circulation of Knowledge about Stained Glass in the Northern Netherlands, 1650–1821 . Nuncius / Istituto e museo di storia della scienza, 31 (2), (pp. 332 – 360) (29 p.).

Hendriksen, Marieke M.A. (2015). Elegant Anatomy - The Eighteenth-Century Leiden Anatomical Collections. Transnational Publishers , Martinus Nijhoff (koninklijke Brill) Publishers.

Hendriksen, Marieke M.A. (2015). Anatomical mercury. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 70 (4), (pp. 516-48).

All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (2018). Digitale methoden in kunsthistorisch onderzoek: kansen en aandachtspunten. Article, 20, (pp. 4-7).
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (2018). Nosce te ipsum: Veränderte Funktionen und Räumlichkeiten des Leidener anatomischen Theaters im achtzehnten Jahrhundert. In Schnalke Thomas, Lennig Petra & Bleker Johanna (Eds.), Tiefe Einblicke. Das Anatomische Theater im Zeitalter der Aufklärung (pp. 171) (184 p.). Berlin: Kadmos Kulturverlag.
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (2018). Review of Mechthild Fend, Fleshing out surfaces. Skin in French art and medicine, 1650-1850, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. Journal18. A journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, 5.
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (12.06.2017) Participant Re-enactment, Replication, Reconstruction Leiden (12.06.2017 - 16.06.2017)
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (21.08.2017) Participant TransPositions Summer school 2017 Zeist (21.08.2017 - 25.08.2017)
  2017 - Professional publications
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (22.09.2017). Met Boerhaave naar de bouwmarkt - Over een chemisch oventje en het nut van historische reconstructies. In Esther van Gelder, Ilja Nieuwland, Marlise Rijks, Eric Jorink & Alice Spruit (Eds.), Dingen die ergens toe dienen. - Verhalen over materiële cultuur van wetenschap (pp. 90-93) (4 p.). Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren.
  2017 - Other output
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (12.11.2017). Wood, plaster, texts and acquaintances: making anatomical models around 1800.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (15.04.2016) Invited speaker Voorjaarsbijeenkomst Chemisch Historische Groep van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (Royal Dutch Society for Chemistry) Haarlem (15.04.2016) Minerale medicijnen: fossiele chemie en geneeskunde in de achttiende eeuw
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (2016). Necessary, not sufficient - The Circulation of Knowledge about Stained Glass in the Northern Netherlands, 1650–1821 . Nuncius / Istituto e museo di storia della scienza, 31 (2), (pp. 332 – 360) (29 p.).
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (10.03.2016) Invited speaker Technical Art History Colloquium Utrecht (10.03.2016) Not the making, but the perfection: eighteenth-century discourse about technique, fine arts, and art criticism
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (01.06.2016). Review of Fenneke Sysling, De Onmeetbare Mens. Schedels, ras, en wetenschapsgeschiedenis in Nederlands-Indië. (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2015). Studium (Rotterdam, Netherlands), 8 (4), (pp. 233-235).
  2016 - Popularising publications
  2016 - Other output
M.M.A. Hendriksen (04.06.2016) Death, Art and Anatomy
M.M.A. Hendriksen (08.04.2016) Gems in Transit
Hendriksen, M.M.A. (14.03.2016). Google NGram for early modern history?.
Hendriksen, M.M.A. & Dupré, Sven (30.07.2016). Introducing ARTECHNE – Technique in the Arts, 1500-1950.
M.M.A. Hendriksen (19.10.2016) Invited participant
M.M.A. Hendriksen (04.09.2016) Invited participant
Dupré, Sven & Hendriksen, M.M.A. (2016). The ARTECHNE Research Database: Technique in the Arts.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Hendriksen, Marieke M.A. (2015). Anatomical mercury. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 70 (4), (pp. 516-48).
Hendriksen, Marieke (2015). Consumer Culture, Self-prescription and Status. Journal of Victorian Culture, 20 (2), (pp. 147-167) (21 p.).
Hendriksen, Marieke M.A. (2015). Elegant Anatomy - The Eighteenth-Century Leiden Anatomical Collections. Transnational Publishers , Martinus Nijhoff (koninklijke Brill) Publishers.
Hendriksen, Marieke (2015). The Fate of the Beaded Babies - The Fate of Anatomical Collections. The Fate of Anatomical Collections (pp. 179-194) (16 p.). Ashgate Publishing.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Hendriksen, Marieke (2014). Review of H.F.J. Horstmanshoff (red.), Michaëlis Jacobus de Vries. Over Phrenitis. (Delft: Uitgeverij Eburon, 2011). Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde, 18 (2), (pp. 111-112) (2 p.).
Hendriksen, Marieke (16.08.2014). The Fabric of the Body. Histoire, Médecine et Santé, 5, (pp. 21-32) (12 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Hendriksen, Marieke, Knoeff, Rina & Huistra, Hieke (2013). Recycling Anatomical Preparations - Medical Museums. Medical Museums (pp. 74-87) (14 p.). Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  2012 - Popularising publications
Hendriksen, Marieke (2012). Morbide Schoonheid. Eos Magazine, 12 (december), (pp. 8-10) (3 p.).
Hendriksen, Marieke (2012). Oogvlies aan een touwtje. KennisLINK
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Project:
Art DATIS - Integration and Improvement of Sources on Glass for a Sustainable Future
01.07.2018 to 01.09.2022
General project description 

The project focuses on the questions of how historical sources were used to innovate glass production and education in the twentieth century, and how we can efficiently link the enormous amount of newly digitized art technical sources on artistic glass production, such as object documentation, technical texts, images, and research data. The project will digitize unique materials from the archives of glass artist Sybren Valkema (1916-1996), managed by Stichting Vrij Glas, and integrate and enrich them with existing databases containing different kinds of data on the history of artistic glass production. The project is designed to link with the RKD Explore and ARTECHNE databases.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: NWO Smart Culture - Big Data / Digital Humanities
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Evangelos Kanoulas (UvA)
Project:
Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise
01.07.2016 to 01.07.2020
General project description 

The transmission of ‘technique’ in art has been a conspicuous ‘black box’ resisting analysis. Only in the most recent years, the history of science and technology has turned to how-to instructions as given in recipes. This project proposes to undertake the experimental reconstruction of historical recipes to finally open the black box of the transmission of technique in the visual and decorative arts. Considering ‘technique’ as a textual, material and social practice, this project will write a long-term history of the theory and practice of the study of ‘technique’ in the visual and decorative arts between 1500 and 1950. The three central research questions here are: (1) what is technique in the visual and decorative arts, (2) how is technique transmitted and studied, and (3) who is considered expert in technique, and why? This project integrates methodologies typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with laboratory work, and lays the historical foundations of the epistemologies of conservation, restoration and technical art history.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: EU grant: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Maartje Stols-Witlox (UvA)
  • Tonny Beentjes (UvA)
Project:
Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise 01.09.2015 to 31.08.2020
01.07.2016 to 01.07.2020
General project description 

The transmission of ‘technique’ in art has been a conspicuous ‘black box’ resisting analysis. Only in the most recent years, the history of science and technology has turned to how-to instructions as given in recipes. This project proposes to undertake the experimental reconstruction of historical recipes to finally open the black box of the transmission of technique in the visual and decorative arts. Considering ‘technique’ as a textual, material and social practice, this project will write a long-term history of the theory and practice of the study of ‘technique’ in the visual and decorative arts between 1500 and 1950. The three central research questions here are: (1) what is technique in the visual and decorative arts, (2) how is technique transmitted and studied, and (3) who is considered expert in technique, and why? This project integrates methodologies typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with laboratory work, and lays the historical foundations of the epistemologies of conservation, restoration and technical art history.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: EU grant: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Maartje Stols-Witlox (UvA)
  • Tonny Beentjes (UvA)
Project:
Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise
01.07.2016 to 01.07.2020
General project description 

The transmission of ‘technique’ in art has been a conspicuous ‘black box’ resisting analysis. Only in the most recent years, the history of science and technology has turned to how-to instructions as given in recipes. This project proposes to undertake the experimental reconstruction of historical recipes to finally open the black box of the transmission of technique in the visual and decorative arts. Considering ‘technique’ as a textual, material and social practice, this project will write a long-term history of the theory and practice of the study of ‘technique’ in the visual and decorative arts between 1500 and 1950. The three central research questions here are: (1) what is technique in the visual and decorative arts, (2) how is technique transmitted and studied, and (3) who is considered expert in technique, and why? This project integrates methodologies typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with laboratory work, and lays the historical foundations of the epistemologies of conservation, restoration and technical art history.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: EU grant: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Maartje Stols-Witlox (UvA)
  • Tonny Beentjes (UvA)
Project:
Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise
01.07.2016 to 01.07.2020
General project description 

The transmission of ‘technique’ in art has been a conspicuous ‘black box’ resisting analysis. Only in the most recent years, the history of science and technology has turned to how-to instructions as given in recipes. This project proposes to undertake the experimental reconstruction of historical recipes to finally open the black box of the transmission of technique in the visual and decorative arts. Considering ‘technique’ as a textual, material and social practice, this project will write a long-term history of the theory and practice of the study of ‘technique’ in the visual and decorative arts between 1500 and 1950. The three central research questions here are: (1) what is technique in the visual and decorative arts, (2) how is technique transmitted and studied, and (3) who is considered expert in technique, and why? This project integrates methodologies typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with laboratory work, and lays the historical foundations of the epistemologies of conservation, restoration and technical art history.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: EU grant: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Maartje Stols-Witlox (UvA)
  • Tonny Beentjes (UvA)
Project:
ARTECHNE: Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise
01.09.2015 to 31.08.2020
General project description 

The transmission of ‘technique’ in art has been a conspicuous ‘black box’ resisting analysis. Only in the most recent years, the history of science and technology has turned to how-to instructions as given in recipes. This project proposes to undertake the experimental reconstruction of historical recipes to finally open the black box of the transmission of technique in the visual and decorative arts. Considering ‘technique’ as a textual, material and social practice, this project will write a long-term history of the theory and practice of the study of ‘technique’ in the visual and decorative arts between 1500 and 1950. The three central research questions here are: (1) what is technique in the visual and decorative arts, (2) how is technique transmitted and studied, and (3) who is considered expert in technique, and why? This project integrates methodologies typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with laboratory work, and lays the historical foundations of the epistemologies of conservation, restoration and technical art history.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Maartje Stols-Witlox (UvA)
  • Tonny Beentjes (UvA)

I have received several short-term grants for research visits to foreign institutions:

Wellcome Trust Small Grant for a short-term research project at the Royal College of Surgeons Library and Archive, Edinburgh (fall 2016)

CHF short-term fellowship at the Beckman Center, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia (spring 2017)

F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine Travel Grant, College of Physicians of Philadelphia (spring 2017)


For a full overview of my work, including conference presentations, see https://mariekehendriksen.nl 

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Additional functions and activities

Secretary Gewina, Belgian-Dutch society for the history of science and universities 

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