Ulrike Müller (°1986) is a joint PhD candidate at the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Science at Ghent University and the Centre for Urban History at Antwerp University. In her PhD research she explores the private art and antique collectors active in the Belgian artistic centers Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent over the course of the long nineteenth century, and the role the collectors and (the content, display, function and use, accessibility and description of) their collections played in the shaping, dissemination and reception of the local and national artistic taste and canon.
Ulrike received her Master’s degree in Art History from Utrecht University, with a specialization in the history of taste, collecting and the reception of old fine and applied art in Western Europe during the long nineteenth century. She worked, among others, in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, the Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig and the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp. She published on the Antwerp art collectors Fritz and Henriëtte Mayer van den Bergh, the Mayer van den Bergh collection of historical stained glass and on the reception of the Belgian private collectors in nineteenth-century international travel literature.