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Koenraad Vos

Koenraad Vos

Supervisor: prof. dr Caroline van Eck

College: King's

MPhil topic: Museums and their objects: The material turn (1780-1830) and the question of autonomy in the arts


Koenraad Vos is an MPhil student in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Cambridge. Previously he graduated cum laude from Leiden University with a research MA in Arts & Culture and completed his BA in history of art at Utrecht University, where he also did a minor in aesthetics and took part in the university's Humanities College, the honours programme of the humanities faculty. He was editor-in-chief of the Utrecht-based, student-run journal Article for several years. He also did a research project on the artist and curator Wybrand Hendriks (1744-1831) at Teylers Museum in Haarlem and worked as a (research) intern at the Treaty of Utrecht Foundation and the Impakt Festival.

Research Interests

  • The history of collecting c. 1800
  • Art and science, especially the use of images in early modern science
  • The philosophy of Edgar Wind and the wider circle surrounding Aby Warburg and his Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek
  • Theoretical and methodological issues concerning agency and materiality

Key Publications

  • "What happens when you turn twice? Where the pictorial turn meets the material turn", The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 11, Issue 3, September, 2016, pp.19-29