As a PhD candidate Thijs Hagendijk is part of the ERC funded project ‘ARTECHNE: Technique in the Arts, 1500-1950: Concepts, Practices, Expertise’. Aim of his subproject is to elucidate the interaction between textual and material practices in the transmission of artisanal techniques in early modern Europe. Special attention will be given to techniques and skills that were employed in the production of glass, pigments and metals. 

In 2015, he graduated (cum laude) from the research master History and Philosophy of Science at Utrecht University. For his thesis, he studied the discovery of osmosis in the early nineteenth century and elucidated how osmosis eventually evolved into a phenomenon that was widely accepted by the nineteenth-century scientific community.

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All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Hagendijk, T. (2018). Learning a Craft from Books - Historical Re-enactment of Functional Reading in Gold- and Silversmithing. Nuncius / Istituto e museo di storia della scienza, 33 (2), (pp. 198-235).
  2018 - Other output
  2017 - Professional publications
Dupré, Sven, Hagendijk, T. & Beentjes, Tonny (2017). Boeken in de werkplaats. De boekenwereld, 33 (3), (pp. 72-77) (6 p.).
Hagendijk, T. (2017). Maken als groeien - Wat de meester niét in de hand heeft. Article, 9 (18), (pp. 4-7) (4 p.).
  2017 - Other output
  2016 - Scholarly publications
  2016 - Other output
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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)

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Currently Thijs Hagendijk MSc teaches the following course(s):
KU1V17002 Kun-Van papier tot plastic V 1 7.5

Chemistry and Art (UCSCICHEL6). Lab module University College Utrecht.

In this science lab course, which provides a connection between the fields of chemistry and technical art history, students are introduced to the relatively new historical method of reconstructing historical recipes and technical instructions. In the course of two weeks, they work on reconstructions of artisanal recipes that can be found in the Italian treatise: De' secreti del reuerendo donno Alessio Piemontese. Published for the first time in 1555, this book of secrets went through several editions and translations and proved immensely popular in six- and seventeenth century Europe. The students document the entire reconstruction process and write a concise annotation of the recipe they have worked with.

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T. Hagendijk MSc Contact details
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The Netherlands

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