Suzanne van de Meerendonk

Suzanne van de Meerendonk
Graduate Alumni


Areas of Concentration: 17th-century Dutch art and architecture
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, Richard Wittman
Dissertation: "Public displays of affection. Negotiating power and identity in ceremonial receptions in Amsterdam 1580-1660"
M.A. Thesis: "'Nassouwen komt het Y verlichten'. Vertoningen van Jan Vos bij het bezoek van Amalia van Solms en haar dochters aan Amsterdam in 1659" (University of Amsterdam, completed 2008)


Suzanne van de Meerendonk is a Ph.D. Candidate specializing in seventeenth-century Dutch art. Her research interests include the relationship between art and politics, ephemeral art forms and spectacle, as well as architecture and urbanism, print culture, and literary production in the Dutch Republic. Her dissertation project investigates joyous entries taking place in Amsterdam between 1580 and 1660.

In addition to her dissertation project, Suzanne is part of a team working on a forthcoming article about political allegories by Theodoor van Thulden (1606-1669) in the 's-Hertogenbosch town hall, in the context of the research project "From isolation to coherence: an integrated technical, visual and historical study of 17th and 18th century Dutch painting ensembles" supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) [].

Suzanne graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a B.A. in Art History in 2007, two M.A.'s (Dutch Golden Age Studies in 2008; Art Studies in 2010, both with honors). She spent a year (2010-2011) at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles as a graduate intern with the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance and subsequently worked as a provenance researcher at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam before starting her Ph.D. at UCSB in 2012.