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Alexander Dencher


Dr. A.R. Dencher
+31 71 527 2727

Alexander Dencher is a guest university lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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About Alexander Dencher

Alexander Dencher studied art history and archeology in Leiden and Paris. He wrote his PhD dissertation on the triumphal entry of William III into The Hague in 1691 under the supervision of Caroline van Eck and Colette Nativel. Before coming to Leiden, he worked in Paris as a lecturer at the Sorbonne and as a curatorial assistant in the department of prints and drawings in the Musée du Louvre. He is currently also an assistant curator in the department of decorative arts at the Rijksmuseum, where he is helping to prepare an exhibition on design drawings that will open in late 2022.    

Alexander studies the decorative arts and court culture in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Europe and has published several articles on these topics. He’s currently working on a book project of his dissertation, tentatively entitled William’s Triumphs. He is a member of the board of the Association Hendrick de Keyser and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence.   

His research has been supported by the Ministère de l’éducation nationale et de la recherche, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Johan Huizingafonds and the Museums, Collections and Society programme at Leiden University. 

Fields of interest

  • History of decorative arts
  • History of architecture
  • History of patronage and collections
  • History of prints and drawings

PhD Supervision

Caroline van Eck  


  • Art History
  • Arts, Media and Society


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Architectuurgeschiedenis

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B2.01


  • Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser Bestuurslid
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