RKD Masterclasses

Join these workshops to find out how the physical and digital collections of the RKD can be used for art-historical research. During the masterclasses participants will learn about the range of possibilities and approaches, as well as actually get to work on a case study. The RKD is offering three interactive masterclasses online:

Research using original sources

The RKD maintains a great many archives of artists, art historians, collectors, art dealers and galleries. In this masterclass participants will learn how to read archival inventories and will become familiar with various kinds of art-historical source material, such as correspondence, artists' files, dealers' inventories and stock books. The case study on the stock books of the celebrated nineteenth-century art dealers Goupil and E.J. van Wisselingh, for instance, will teach participants how to read and make use of the information in these documents. 

Recognize the hand

The attribution of works of art has been part of art history since its early beginnings. It is often difficult to see the difference between the hand of an artist and that of a pupil or follower. Deliberate forgeries can also be misleading. Recognising the hand and establishing the truth begins with careful looking. In this masterclass, participants will learn to make a thorough visual analysis of works of art (by among others Jan Steen, Richard Brakenburgh, Frans Hals and Judith Leyster), and to summarise their findings, in order to offer a balanced opinion on the possible attribution or authenticity of a work of art.

RKD Explore

Doing a search in RKD Explore is always a good way to make a start on research within the RKD's collections. This masterclass will give insight into the contents of the databases, the different ways of making searches and special options such as combined searches, exporting results and quantitative analysis. By the end of the masterclass participants will be able to use RKD Explore to answer research questions and they will see how the art-historical information returned can be fitted together.


  • Our masterclasses are intended for groups of no more than 20 people
  • Duration of each masterclass: c. 90 minutes
  • Dutch or English
  • This service is free of charge for educational users*
  • Reservations can be made on weekdays between 10.00 and 17.00
  • For more information and bookings: 

*The RKD reserves the right to determine which groups are in this category.