The 2016 annual lecture was delivered by Konrad Ottenheym at the Courtauld Institute on 17th October. He is professor of Architectural History in the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University and the Director of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis). In 2010, he was elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He is also a member of the steering committee of the ESF research network PALATIUM, and member of the advisory board of the Residenzen-Kommission of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen (Germany).
Ottenheym is a specialist on Dutch seventeenth-century architecture, its sources in the Italian Renaissance and its influence in Europe. He contributed to various architectural exhibitions in Hamburg (Germany), Vicenza (Italy) and Washington, DC as well as in the royal palace of Amsterdam. He is author of various monographs on Dutch architects of the Golden Age, such as Philips Vingboons, Pieter Post (with Jan Terwen) and Jacob van Campen (with others), and also wrote on the influence of Italian architectural treatises in seventeenth-century Dutch architecture. He co-operated in the recent English editions of Vincenzo Scamozzi’s treatise L’Idea della architettura universale, the main handbook on classical design theories in seventeenth-century Holland (Architectura et Natura Publishers, 2004 and 2007). In 2006 and 2008 he organized two international conferences on public buildings in early modern Europe, with the proceedings published in one volume by Brepols Publishers in 2010. In recent years he wrote and coordinated, together with Krista De Jonge (Leuven University), a survey on the international activities of Netherlandish building masters during the sixteenth and seventeenth century.