I am a historian of early modern science, art, and knowledge based at the Humanities Cluster of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam. I am a senior researcher and the head a.i. at NL-Lab. Together with Irene van Renswoude, I lead the department Knowledge and Art Practices at the Huygens Institute for Dutch History and Culture. My research interests are the role of material culture and sensory perception in the production and exchange of knowledge in the early modern period, in particular in the realms of medicine, chemistry, and art.

My current research focuses on the question how we can understand historical epistemologies of both sensory and aesthetic taste – i.e. how was taste used to acquire and transmit knowledge in the past, and can we taste the past? This research is partly funded by an inaugural KNAW Early Career Award (2019), an NWO Aspasia Premium (2021), and by an NWO XS grant (2023). 

I am the founder of Hands-on Historians, an online resource for historians who are interested in or use performative methods in their research. I am also co-leading the NWO-funded project Art DATIS

Read my personal research blog, The Medicine Chest, check my Academia.edu profile, my LinkedIn profile, or follow me on Twitter if you want to know more about my work. My full CV can be downloaded here.


I am happy to give public and academic talks and workshops about my research, and open to collaborations with both academic and other organizations. If you would like to contact me, please send an email to info@mariekehendriksen.nl or use the contact form below.