The texts and power points of these lectures can be downloaded. To download click on underlined title. For videos of four lectures, see below.

— with Nicolette Sluijter-Seijffert, “The Joseph-cycle of 1655”; HNA Conference, Amsterdam/The Hague, June 1-5, 2022 (June 2, UvA). N.B Text and power point (both pdf) are two separate links:Joseph-cycle-text HNA -pdf; Joseph-cycle-powerpoint-pdf

— (with contribution by Weixuan Li) “Holland’s last epidemic of plague (1663/4) and the decline of the art of painting”; HNA Pandemic Intermission Online Event, June 3, 2021. N.B. Text and power point are two separate links: HNA pandemic paper; HNA pandemic paper ppt-pdf

— “De impact van “Vraag en aanbod op de Nederlandse kunstmarkt, 1580”-1700”; Ter gelegenheid van het afscheid van Marten Jan Bok, 29 september 2020, Centraal Museum. N.B. Text and power point are two separate links: Lezing afscheid Marten Jan 29 september 2020-def-2; Marten Jan B -lezing afscheid-pp

— “Rembrandt’s ‘Leiden History Painting’ Reconsidered. The Obvious Ignored?”, Colloquium on Rembrandt’s Leiden History Painting, 3 januari 2020, Leiden University. N.B. Text and power point are two separate links:  Leiden history painting def ;   Leiden history painting-pp

— “Caesar van Everdingen, Jacob van Campen en ‘Hollands classicisme’.” Symposium Caesar van Everdingen. Vondsten en vragen. 28 november 2016, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. N.B. Text and power point are two separate links: Everdingen-lezing m. nrs-pdf; Everdingen-lezing- pp versie pdf

— “Frans Hals in the 21st Century.” Eerste Frans Hals lezing (First Frans Hals lecture), 1 September 2016, Grote Kerk (Oude St. Bavo), Haarlem (organized by the Frans Hals Museum on the day Frans Hals was buried 350 years ago in the Grote Kerk). N.B. Text and hand-out with illustrations are two separate links: Frans Hals-lezing 1-9-2016-tekst-def; Frans Halslezing-handout-pdf

— “‘Hier is de beurs en ’t geld, en liefde tot de kunst.’ Over de waarde van historiestukken in Rembrandts Amsterdam.” Valedictory lecture (afscheidscollege) at 16 April 2011 at the Aula of the University of Amsterdam: N.B. Text and powerpoint are two separate links: Afscheidscollege-tekst met afb.nrs.; Afscheidscollege-powerpoint-pdf

— “Neat Concepts and Messy Realities: Local Schools, Tastes and Identities.” Keynote Lecture at Symposium City Limits, Urban Identity, Specialities and Auronomy in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, Dublin, National Gallery of Art/University College Dublin, 24 April 2009. N.B. Text and power point are two separate links: Dublin-keynote tecture-text; Dublin-keynote lecture powerpoint

— “State of the Art in Seventeenth-Century Flemish and Dutch Studies”, Historians of Netherlandish Art. Newsletter , Plenary Address, Antwerp Conference Historians of Netherlandish Art, 2002 (idgital publication (10 pp.) http://www.hnanews.org/hna/conferences/antwerp/sluijter.html

Verwondering over de schilderijenproductie in de Gouden Eeuw , Amsterdam 2003 (inaugural lecture 2002; Amsterdam University Press, 36pp.). DOWNLOAD 2002-Verwondering; 2002-Verwondering-2


VIDEOS OF FOUR LECTURES (on youtube or vimeo); three at Harvard University, one at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Art and Competition in the Dutch Golden Age (three lectures)                Erasmus Lectures, Deparment of the History of Art and Architecter and the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University, on February 22, March 1 and March 8, 2019.

Erasmus Lecture Part 1 (60 minutes)

“‘Here is the stock exchange and the money, and the love of art’: On the Value of History Paintings in Rembrandt’s Amsterdam” 

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/329877877

Youtube: https://youtu.be/jVVVleKmMEQ

  1. Erasmus Lecture Part 2 (61 minutes)

“Artistic Competition and Creative Imitation: Gerard ter Borch, Frans van Mieris, Jan Steen, Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, and JohannesVermeer”

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/330111553

Youtube: https://youtu.be/-pZ7WDeCgrI

  1. Erasmus Lecture Part 3 (60 minutes)

“Rivals in Rendering Horror: Rembrandt, Rubens and Tragedy”

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/330155577

Youtube: https://youtu.be/S89hsUzY17Y

Lecture – “Gerrit Dou and the Art of Deception”, at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (April 7, 2019). See:


Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3OBSs6aelI