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dr. M.J. (Matthijs) Jonker

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen
  • Visiting address
    BG 2
    Turfdraagsterpad 15  
  • Postal address:
    Turfdraagsterpad  15
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
  • M.J.Jonker3@uva.nl

Dr. Matthijs Jonker (Amsterdam, 1982) studied Philosophy and Art History at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Pisa. He obtained his PhD in December 2017 at the University of Amsterdam. The title of his dissertation is The Academization of Art. A Practice Approach to the Early Histories of the Accademia del Disegno and the Accademia di San Luca. The supervisors are prof. dr. B. Kempers, dr. A. Witte and prof. dr. M. Stokhof. For the summary of the dissertation in English click here and in Dutch click here.

For his dissertation Matthijs received the Ted Meijerprijs 2018 from the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. The Ted Meijerprijs is awarded each year for the best dissertation in the humanities in relation to Italy and especially Rome. The award allows Matthijs to spend three months in Rome to prepare a proposal for a postdoc research project in the field of early modern and postcolonial history and philosophy of science. For a brief description of the research project in Dutch click here or see below.


Fields of interest

Social history of art

Italian Renaissance and Baroque art

History, sociology and philosophy of science

Theories of practice

Hermeneutics and theories of interpretation

History of philosophy




-Wetenschapsfilosofie (KenC, CW)

-Foucault (Phil)

-Geschiedenis van de Filosofie (Phil)



-Kernthema's van de Cultuurwetenschappen (CW)

-History, Identity, Agency (Phil)

-Bachelorscriptiewerkgroep (CW)

-De ontwikkeling van de Esthetica: Vroegmoderne kunsttraktaten van Leonardo tot de Lairesse (CoH)

-The Art of Practice (IIS)

-Masters of Suspicion (IIS)

-Wetenschapsfilosofie (IIS)

-Geschiedenis en filosofie van de weteschap (IIS)

-Inleiding Filosofie (Phil)


  • Jonker, M. (2017). The Cappella di San Luca: A Crossing Point of Religious and Professional Activities of Artists in Pre-modern Florence . In A. Tacke , B. U. Münch, & W. Augustyn (Eds.), Material Culture : Präsenz und Sichtbarkeit von Künstlern, Zünften und Bruderschaften in der Vormoderne = Presence and visibility of artists, guilds and brotherhoods in the pre-modern era (pp. 280-299). Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag. [details] 


  • Jonker, M. (2010). Practices and art historical meaning: the multiple meanings of Guido Reni's 'Abduction of Helen' in its early years. Incontri: rivista europea di studi italiani, 25(2), 149-162.


  • Jonker, M. (2008). Meaning in art history: a philosophical analysis of the iconological debate and the Rembrandt Research Project. Zeventiende Eeuw, 24(2), 146-161.

Talk / presentation

  • Jonker, M. J. (speaker) (16-11-2013). Going Straight after the Practice Turn. Bourdieu and Schatzki on Culture, Practice and Power, OZSW Conference, Rotterdam.
  • Jonker, M. J. (speaker) (10-10-2013). Concepts and Practices of 'Disegno', Congres Early Modern Rome 2, Bracciano.
  • Jonker, M. J. (invited speaker) (28-6-2013). Concepten en praktijken van 'Disegno', Pauselijke Propaganda, Sectiedag Italiëstudies, Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis, Groningen.
  • Jonker, M. J. (invited speaker) (6-4-2013). De praktische wending in de filosofie, Wijsgerig Festival Drift, Amsterdam.
  • Jonker, M. J. (invited speaker) (5-3-2011). De academisering van de kunst in Italië in de zestiende eeuw, Jaardag Stichting Vrienden van het KNIR, Amsterdam.


  • Jonker, M. J. (2017). The academization of art: A practice approach to the early histories of the Accademia del Disegno and the Accademia di San Luca [details] 
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