Content description

The Society of Jesus made an indelible impact on the development of Early Modern art and architecture. This was not only true in Europe, but also in the mission territories where the Jesuits were active. The Jesuits capitalized on all the latest means of communication (such as printing) and transformed and adapted the prevalent styles of painting and architecture. This summer school, taught by world-leading experts in the field, focuses on the wide variety of Jesuit art (painting, architecture, devotional printing, etc.) and the underlying theories and political context. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the summer school will take place entirely online. All the classes will be recorded, so that participants in any time zone can watch the classes at their own convenience.

The lecturers during this summer school include Bert Daelemans SJ (Universidad Pontificia Comillas), Ralph Deconinck (Université Catholique de Louvain), Pierre Delsaerdt (Antwerp University), Evonne Levy (University of Toronto), Guido Marnef (Antwerp University), Walter Melion (Emory University), and Evelyne Verheggen (Antwerp University).

A detailed programme will be available shortly. Registration (50 euro) closes on 31 July 2021.

Online learning environment

The summer school will be hosted via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the collaborative online learning platform of the University of Antwerp. Participants need to have a stable internet connection, a headset, a computer and a webcam. The summer school offers a variety of teaching methods. Most sessions will be held “live” in the CEST time zone as to enable interaction and debate. All lectures will be recorded and made available so that participants joining from different time zones can catch up at their own convenience. Some theoretical or introductory sessions will be recorded and shared beforehand. 

Target group

This summer school is intended for Master’s and doctoral students with an interest in history, art history, religious history and Jesuit studies.

ECTS credits

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.


John Arblaster
Grote Kauwenberg 34
2000 Antwerp, Belgium