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Read the latest ESNAblog| by Jorien Soepboer
Nature’s Picture: Photography meets painting in the 19th century

Last year, I worked as a curator in training at the Van Gogh Museum as part of the Museum Curator MA program at the University of Amsterdam. The goal of this internship was to master all aspects of curatorship, from the preservation of a museum collection to the production of exhibitions. Luckily for me, the big Van Gogh Museum has a little sister, The Mesdag Collection. At this small museum in The Hague, I had the chance to experience the process of setting up an exhibition as a curator. In June last year I started only with a subject (‘something with photography’). By March 2016, the exhibition titled Natuur in beeld Nature’s Picture, was born.

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Mission Statement

The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA) is a platform formed under the auspices of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis). ESNA was founded by a group of scholars, graduate students and museum professionals based in the Netherlands whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. ESNA’s aim is to provide a forum to promote the exchange of ideas in this field, to support and encourage graduate research, and to enhance networking opportunities for participants. ESNA seeks to contribute to, and foster debate on, nineteenth-century art through the organization of an annual symposium, workshops, excursions, the invitation of visiting speakers, and the co-ordination with other organizations and groups devoted to the study of the nineteenth century. Although originating in the Low Countries, ESNA aims to create a broad international network for the advancement of research into all aspects of nineteenth-century European art.


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