From Antiquity onwards, visitors from the Low Countries left numerous traces of their presence in the Eternal City. As pilgrims they founded their own churches; as scholars and painters they gave testimony to the many faces of Rome in ideas and works of art. Some even reached the highest ranks of Roman society, such as Pope Adrian VI.
Protagonists in the making of a Dutch cultural and artistic identity, from Erasmus to Escher, spent formative periods in Rome, and their works bear the marks of this cultural exchange and confrontation. The conference 'Roaming Dutch: Digitizing the Dutch presence in Rome through the Ages' investigates this shared heritage. During the conference the digitization project 'Hadrianus. History of Dutch Art and Culture in Rome' (www.hadrianus.it) will be launched and both researchers and the general public will be invited to participate in the project. Consequently, the benefits and challenges of digitizing historical material will be discussed.
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