Mats Dijkdrent has two bachelor degrees in History and Art History, as well as a research master’s degree in History: Europe 1000-1800 from Leiden University. During his studies, he followed courses in the Dutch, English, Classics, Archaeology, Linguistics, Near Eastern and South Asian departments besides doing internships at the National museum of Antiquities and the Huygens Institute for Dutch history. He also spent a semester at St. Andrews University in Scotland. In 2021, Mats completed a MPhil in the history of Art and Architecture at Cambridge University in England. Since October 2021, he is working on a PhD project that focuses on the uses and manifestations of Magnificence in sixteenth-century Antwerp, Rouen and Nurnberg. In June 2022 he received national funding for this project which is hosted by the Catholic University Louvain in Belgium.
2021-2025 PhD in Architecture at UCLouvain (Belgium)
2020-2021 MPhil in the History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge University
2018-2020 ResMA in History 1000-1800 at Leiden University
2015-2019 BA in Art History at Leiden University
2014-2018 BA in History at Leiden University
Awards & Scholarships
2022 Fond de la Recherche Scientifique: A grant financing four years of PhD research
2020 Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds scholarship: A grant for an architecture MPhil at Cambridge € 15.000
2020 VSBfonds scholarship: A grant for studying at Cambridge € 7.000
2020 Dr. Hendrik Mullerfonds scholarship: A grant for studying at Cambridge € 4.000
2019 Erasmus+ Exchange grant: A financial compensation for the semester at St. Andrews € 1.284
2019 NIKI GWO scholarship: A grant to facilitate art historical research in Florence € 875
Research Master History
Magnificentia, a virtue concerning the decorum surrounding large expenditure, is employed by many scholars of Renaissance Italy to interpret patronage. However, research on the uses and manifestations of magnificence in regions across the Alps is still lacking. My PhD explores how, in late 15th- and early 16th-century Antwerp, Rouen, and Nuremberg, different manifestations and uses of magnificentia interacted with and related to a given political context. It does so by studying how magnificentia was discussed in texts; How it was performed in temporary events; And how it materialized in buildings. This three-fold approach allows me to study different forms of expressing magnificentia as well as the interactions between the different media. By comparing the three cities with each other, the project also tries to identify the conditions that shaped, influenced and restricted the expression of magnificence in relation to urban politics.