Valerie Gersen at the Catherijneconvent

valerie-catherijneconvent“In the summer of 2011, I did an internship at the Catharijneconvent Museum in Utrecht. The Catharijneconvent houses religious art from the Netherlands, and actively tries to preserve the national Christian heritage. Next to several masterpieces from the seventeenth century, the Catharijneconvent houses the biggest collection of Medieval art in the Netherlands. During my internship, I my main task was to research one of the highlights of the museum; the cover of a medieval manuscript, the Lebuinuscodex. The Lebuinuscodex was surrounded by many mysteries that needed to be cleared up. These are unraveled in my bachelor thesis, which is built on my internship report. The Catharijneconvent was the perfect institution to host me; not only does the museum have an extensive library, it also houses the best curators in the field of medieval art. Next to my main task, I participated in two smaller projects. For two weeks, I helped the collection management to identify and record forty Neapolitan Christmas dolls. This was a practical and interesting task, in which I could put my knowledge into practice. In the last week of my internship, I was asked to arrange an exhibition in a small room, which contains twelve masterpieces. I even got to write the text of one of the information signs, which required some research. The museum gave me a lot of responsibility, which I highly appreciated. Since I combined research with practical tasks, I got a taste of what it is like to work in a museum, and I am set on pursuing a career in this field.”

Valerie Gersen (BA 2011, HUM Major.) Research Master in Art History, Utrecht University, 2012+.