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First Name
Marieke M.A.
Last Name
Utrecht University
Website URL
history of knowledge, art, science, medicine, anatomy, alchemy, early modern, eighteenth century, intellectual history, materiality, sensory perception, reconstruction research, DH, intersections of art and science
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian of early modern science, art, and ideas, with a particular interest in material culture, art and knowledge theory, the history of sensory perception, and digital humanities research methods. I currently work at Utrecht University as a postdoctoral researcher within the ERC-funded project Artechne.

I received my PhD from Leiden University in 2012 and have held fellowships at institutions such as the National Maritime Museum in London, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Wellcome Trust grant), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. The topics of my publications range from historical anatomical collections, medicine chests and anatomical preparation and modelling methods to the production of coloured glass, the transformation of alchemy in the Netherlands, and the emergence of the concept ‘technique’ in art theory.

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Recent Publications


  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, Elegant Anatomy. The Eighteenth-Century Leiden Anatomical Collections.Leiden/Boston:Brill, 2015.

Journal articles & book chapters

  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘Animal bodies between wonder and natural history: taxidermy in the cabinet and menagerie of stadholder Willem V (1748-1806)’, Journal of Social History (Accepted for publication, in print spring 2019).
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, “Healthy feet between theory and technique: (re)constructing Camper’s ideal shoe”, Studium(accepted, forthcoming 2019).
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘Boerhaave’s mineral chemistry and its influence on eighteenth-century pharmacy in the Netherlands and England’, Ambix (Accepted for publication, in print fall 2018).
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, “Bones of contention. Changing uses and meanings of human bones in Enlightenment medicine”, in: Lisa Smith (ed.), A Cultural History of Medicine: vol. 4, The Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800), London: Berg/Bloomsbury. (Invited contribution, forthcoming 2018)
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, “The disappearance of lapidary medicine: Skepticism about the utility of gemstones in 18th-century Dutch medicine and pharmacy”, in: Michael Bycroft & Sven Dupré (eds), Gems in the Early Modern World: Materials, Knowledge, and Global Trade, 1450-1800,Basingstoke: Palgrave. (Accepted, forthcoming 2018).
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘Criticizing chrysopoeia? Alchemy, chemistry, academics and satire in the Northern Netherlands, 1650-1750,’ Isis. Vol. 109:2, June 2018, pp. 1-19.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, “Nosce te ipsum: Veränderte Funktionen und Räumlichkeiten des Leidener anatomischen Theaters im achtzehnten Jahrhundert”, Bleker, P. Lennig, Th. Schnalke (eds.), Tiefe Einblicke. Das Anatomische Theater im Zeitalter der Aufklärung, Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2018, pp. 171-184.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘Art and Technique Always Balance the Scale: German Philosophies of Sensory Perception, Taste, and Art Criticism, and the Rise of the Term Technik, ca. 1735–ca. 1835.’ History of Humanities, 2:1 2017, pp. 201-219.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘Necessary, not sufficient: The circulation of knowledge about stained glass in the northern Netherlands, 1650–1821’. Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science. Vol. 31:2, 2016, pp. 332 – 360.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘Anatomical mercury: changing understandings of quicksilver, blood and the lymphatic system, 1650-1800’, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences,Vol. 70:4, October 2015, pp. 516-48.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘Consumer Culture, Self-prescription and Status: Nineteenth-century Medicine Chests in the Royal Navy’, Journal of Victorian Culture,Vol. 20:2, April 2015, pp.147-167.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘The Fate of the Beaded Babies: Forgotten Colonial Anatomy’, in: R. Knoeff & R. Zwijnenberg (eds.), The Fate of Anatomical Collections, Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, pp. 179-194.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, ‘The Fabric of the Body: Textile in Anatomical Models and Preparations, ca. 1700-1900’, Histoire, médecine et santé / History, medicine and health, 2014, pp. 21-32.
  • M.M.A. Hendriksen, H.M. Huistra & H.G. Knoeff, ‘Recycling Anatomical Preparations’, in: S. Alberti and E. Hallam (eds.) Medical Museums, London: Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2013, pp. 74-87.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, England, early United States
Expertise by Geography
England, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Book History, Food History, Material Culture, Medicine, Museums, Science