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David and Caroline Minter Chair in the Humanities

Professor of Art History

Rice University

Department of Art History - MS 21

Herring Hall 117 - 6100 Main St.

Houston, TX 77005-1827

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University: Ph. D. in Art History, 1983.

Queens College, City University of New York: M.A. in Art History, 1972.

City College, City University of New York: B.A. in Art, 1970.

Rice University, David and Caroline Minter Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Art

History, 2008-present; core faculty in Jewish Studies, 2009-2011; Affiliated Faculty,

Jewish Studies, 2012-present; Affiliated Faculty, Center for the Study of Women, Gender

and Sexuality, 2009-present.

Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, one session in a series highlighting the

Humanities Research Center, Fall 2013 "From the Naked Eye to the Supercomputer: New

Directions in the Technical Study of Art"; two sessions of the course “Signatures

of Civilization: Part I, A Survey of Art,” Fall 2012.

Arizona State University, Professor, 2005-2008; Associate Professor, 1999-2005; Assistant

Professor, 1995-99; Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty, 1995-2008; Affiliated Professor

of Humanities, 1997-2004; Jewish Studies Affiliated Faculty, 1998-2008; Affiliate,

Center for Religion and Conflict, 2003-2008.

Cambridge University, St. Catharine’s College, Summer 2004.

Manhattanville College, Associate Professor, 1993-1995; Assistant Professor, 1991-93.

Pratt Institute, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1989-1990.

Columbia University, Assistant Professor, 1984-1988.

New York University, Adjunct Assistant Professor, 1983.


Corpus of Early Netherlands Paintings. Los Angeles Museums, co-authored with Catherine

Metzger. (Brussels: Centre d’étude de la peinture du quinzième siècle dans les Pays-Bas

méridionaux et la principauté de Liège, 2014).

Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot, co-authored with Dena Woodall (Houston:

Museum of Fine Arts, distributed by Yale University Press, 2013).

In and Out of the Marital Bed: Seeing Sex in Renaissance Art (London: Yale University Press,


  • Reviewed in Art Newspaper, BBC History Magazine, caareviews, Choice (highly recommended), Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Eroticreview, Historians of Netherlandish Art Newsletter, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Medieval Feminist Forum, Notes on Early Modern Art, Oxford Art Journal, Renaissance Quarterly, The Scotsman (4 stars), Sixteenth Century Studies Journal, Speculum, Studies in Iconography, Times Literary Supplement, and Washington Post (short notice).

Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance

Italy. Brill Series in Jewish Studies, 36 (Leiden: Brill, 2004).

  • Reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly, Shofar, Journal for the Study of Judaism, EAJS newletter, Jewish Quarterly Review, and Jewish History (11 page review).

Images of Rape: The "Heroic" Tradition and its Alternatives (Cambridge: Cambridge University

Press). Hardcover edition, 1999. Paperback edition, 2000.

  • One chapter translated into Chinese in Pantheon Without Gods: Reinterpreting Renaissance Culture, (Guangzhou, China: Lingnan Publishing House, 2004), 82-97.

  • Reviewed in Aftonbladet, The Art Book, Art Bulletin, caa.reviews, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Gateway, Historians of Netherlandish Art Newsletter, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Medieval Feminist Forum, National Art Education Association, Parergon, Renaissance Quarterly, Simiolus, Sixteenth Century Journal, Speculum, Woman’s Art Journal, The Women’s Review of Books, and Zeitschrift für Germanistik.

  • Featured in article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Beginnings of Netherlandish Canvas Painting (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

First printing, 1989. Second printing, 1990.

  • Reviewed in Burlington Magazine, Country Life, Durham University Journal, International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Renaissance Quarterly, Revue belge d’archéologie et d’histoire de l’art, Speculum, Textilforum, and Times Literary Supplement (London).


New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler, co-edited

with John Garton, (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. Essays

and Studies, 26, 2011).

  • Reviewed in Sixteenth Century Studies

Money, Morality, and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, co-edited with

Juliann Vitullo (Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2010).

  • Reviewed in Renaissance Quarterly, Economic History Review

Framing the Family: Narrative and Representation in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods,

co-edited with Rosalynn Voaden. (Tempe: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies,


Peace and Negotiation: Strategies for Co-Existence in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

(Turnhout: Brepols, 2000).

  • Reviewed in Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters, History, The Medieval Review, Parergon, Year’s Work in English Studies, Sixteenth Century Journal, and Moyen Âge.


Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, published by the University of Maryland

and Arizona State University.

  • Founding Co-editor

  • Co-editor, Vols. I-VI, 2006-2011

  • Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Honorable Mention, Best New Journal Award, 2009

  • Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Voyager Award, 2013

  • Member, Editorial Board, 2004-5, 2011-present

  • Journal was reviewed in Times Literary Supplement (Oct. 31, 2014)..

Series Editor [with Madeline Caviness, Eva Frojmovic (Managing Editor), and Catherine

Harding], Visualizing the Middle Ages, (Leiden: Brill), 2007-present.

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and

Studies (MRTS)

  • Member, Editorial Board, 1997-present.

  • Associate Director, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1996-97.

Explorations in Renaissance Culture, Member, Editorial Board, 1995-2004.

2016 “Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian

Violence against Jews" Gesta 55.1 (Spring 2016): 105-27.

2016 “Beyond Human: Visualizing the Sexuality of Abraham Bosse's Mandrake,” in

Renaissance Posthumanism, edited by Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano (Fordham

University Press), pp. 221-52.

2015 “A Yiddish Minhagim Manuscript,” in Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish

Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. by Marc Michael Epstein (Princeton: Princeton University

Press), pp. 225-28. Finalists in the Scholarship category, and WINNER in the Visual

Arts category of the National Jewish Book Awards.

2013 “Household Help: Early Modern Portraits of Female Servants,” Early Modern Women: An

Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 8, 5-52 . Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement, Economic

History Review (Feb. 2015).

2013 “Paupers,” “Introduction” (co-authored with Dena Woodall), and ten catalogue entries in

Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot, ed. by Diane Wolfthal and Dena

Woodall (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, distributed by Yale University Press), 2-11,

26-40, 74-75, 94-95, 100-107, 116-121, 128-137.

2012 “Sin or Sexual Pleasure? A Little-Known Nude Bather in a Flemish Book of Hours,” in

The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art, ed. by Sherry Lindquist (Aldershot: Ashgate

Press), 279-97.

2012 “The Sexuality of the Medieval Comb,” in Exploring the Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture, ed. by Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson (Woodbridge: Boydell Press), 176-94.

2011 “Religious Devotion, Aristocratic Status, and Crusading Fervor in Rogier van der

Weyden’s Diptych of Philippe de Croÿ,” in New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in

Renaissance Art in Honor of Colin Eisler, co-edited by John Garton and Diane Wolfthal

(Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies), 105-23.

2011 “Yiddish Book Illustration,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish

Culture, ed. Judith R. Baskin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 37-38.

2010 "Introduction" and “Trading Values: Negotiating Masculinity in Early Modern Europe”

in Money, Morality,and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, co-authored

and co-edited by Juliann Vitullo and Diane Wolfthal (Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate

Press), 1-10, 155-96.

2009 “La Donna alla finestra: Desiderio sessuale lecito e illecito nell’Italia rinascimentale,” in

Sesso nel Rinascimento: pratica, perversione e punizione nell' Italia rinascimentale, ed.

Allison Levy (Florence: Le Lettere), 57-71.

  • English reprint: "The Woman in the Window: Licit and Illicit Sexual Desire in Renaissance Italy," in Sex Acts: Practice, Performance, and Perversion in Early Modern Italy, ed. by Allison Levy (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), 57-75.

2007 “Florentine Bankers and Flemish Friars: New Light on the Patronage of the Portinari

Altarpiece,” in Cultural Exchange between the Netherlands and Italy, ed. by Ingrid

Alexander-Skipnes (Turnhout: Brepols), 1-21.

2007 “Writing the History of Hugo van der Goes,” Center 26: Record of Activities and

Research Reports, June 2005-August 2006 (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art),


2006 “Renaissance Fingerpainting,” in Colloque XV pour l’étude du dessin sous-jacent et de

la technologie dans la peinture. Bruges, 11-13 septembre 2003, ed. by Hélène

Verougstraete and Jacqueline Couvert (Leuven: Peeters), 91-97.

2005 "Introduction" and “Marriage and Memory: Images of Marriage Ritual in Early Yiddish

Books of Customs,” in Framing the Family: Narrative and Representation in the

Medieval and Early Modern Periods, ed. by Rosalynn Voaden and Diane Wolfthal

(Tempe: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies), 1-15, 245-272.

2004 “Picturing Same-Sex Love: Images by Petrus Christus and the Housebook Master,” in

Troubled Vision: Gender, Sexuality and Sight in Medieval Text and Image, ed. by Robert

Mills and Emma Barker (Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan), 17-46.

2003 “From Margarethe van Eyck to Agnes van den Bossche: Writing the History of Early

Netherlandish Female Painters,” in Essays on Women Artists “The Most Excellent,” ed.

by Liana Cheney (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press), I, 19-40.

2002 “Imaging the Self: Representations of Jewish Ritual in the Paris Sefer Minhagim,” in

Imagining the Self, Imagining the Other: Visual Representation and Jewish-Christian

Dynamics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, ed. by Eva Frojmovic (Leiden:

Brill), 189-211.

2002 “Ritual and Representation in a Yiddish Book of Customs,” in Race-ing Art History: A

Critical Anthology, ed. by Kymberly N. Pinder (London: Routledge), 21-36.

2002 "Remembering Amalek and Nebuchadnezzar: Jewish Culture and Symbolic Violence in

an Italian Renaissance Yiddish Book of Customs," in Artful Armies, Beautiful Battles:

Art and Warfare in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Pia Cuneo (Leiden: Brill), 181-211.

2000 "Witches and Old Women: Interrogating the Paradigm of Beauty as Virtue," in Attending

to Early Modern Women: Crossing Boundaries, ed. by Joan Donawerth and Adele Seefe

(Newark: University of Delaware and London: Associated Presses), 120-22.

1999 Copper as Canvas: Two Centuries of Masterpiece Painting on Copper, 1525-1775

(Oxford: Oxford University Press), catalogue entries on Osias Beert I, Gerard ter Borch,

Karel Dujardin, Frans van Mieris I, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jan Verkolje, I, 139-44,

181-3, 206-8, 237- 40, 259-61, 300-3.

1998 "Women's Voice and Women's Community in Erhard Schön's How Seven Women

Complain about their Worthless Husbands" in Attending to Women in the Early Modern

Period, ed. by Adele Seefe and Susan Amussen (Cranbury, NJ and London: Associated

University Presses), 17-54.

1998 "'Douleur sur toutes autres': Revisualizing the Rape Script in the 'Epistre Othea' and 'Le

Livre de la Cité des Dames'," in Christine de Pizan and the Categories of Difference, ed.

by Marilynn Desmond (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), 41-70.

1993 "A Hue and a Cry: Medieval Rape Imagery and its Transformation," Art Bulletin, LXXV,


1992 "A Newly Discovered Last Judgment from the circle of Pieter Pourbus in the Brooklyn

Museum," Oud Holland, CVI, 178-83.

1992 "An Art Historical Response to ‘Gay Studies and Feminism’," Medieval Feminist

Newsletter, XIV, 16-19.

1989 "Some Little Known Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1-8.

1987 "The Technique of Early Netherlandish Canvases," in Le dessin sous-jacent dans la

peinture. Colloque VI, 12-14 Septembre, 1985, ed. by Hélène Verougstraete-Marcq and

Roger van Schoute (Louvain: Bruges: Laboratoire d’étude des oeuvres d’art par les

méthodes scientifiques), 81-91.

1987 "The Technique of Early Netherlandish Canvas Painting: An Overview," International

Council of Museums Conference, Working Party I: Scientific Examination of Works of

Art, Sydney, Australia, 119-122.

1986 "Early Netherlandish Canvases: Documentary Evidence," Annales d'Histoire de l'Art et

d'Archéologie, VIII, 19-41.

1985 "The Wandering Jew: Some Medieval and Renaissance Depictions," in A Tribute to Lotte

Brand Philip, ed. by William W. Clark et al. (New York: Abaris Press), 217-27.

1985 "Agnes van den Bossche, Early Netherlandish Painter," Woman' s Art Journal, VI, 8-11.

1977 "Jacques Callot's Miseries of War," Art Bulletin, LIX, 222-233.

“Weave Match and its Implications: The Case of Dirk Bouts," co-authored with Don Johnson

and Catherine Metzger, in Workshop Practice in Early Netherlandish Painting: Case

Studies from Van Eyck through Gossart, edited by Maryann Ainsworth (Turnhout: Brepols, in press).

"When Did Servants become Men?" in Rivalrous Masculinities, edited by Ann Marie Rasmussen

and J. Christian Straubhaar (University of Notre Dame Press, in press).

“Art History and Huizinga’s Autumn of the Middle Ages,” in The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Revisited: The Legacy of Huizinga's Masterwork., ed. by Peter Arnade and Martha

Howell (Amsterdam University Press).

"A Newly Discovered Penitent Magdalen by Giampietrino," co-authored with Natasha Mao.

Source (Fall 2016 or Winter 2017).

Household Help: Images of Servants and Slaves (four chapters have been sent to readers by

Yale University Press)

Inside/Outside Yiddish, ed. with Melissa Weininger (will be considered by Pennsylvania State


"Scribe and Owner as Artist in a Sixteenth-Century Yiddish Miscellany" in Inside/Outside

Yiddish, ed. with Melissa Weininger (will be considered by Pennsylvania State Press)

"Infanticide on Paper and Parchment"

"The Nude in Private Decorative Ensembles in Italy and the North in the High Renaissance," in

The Nude in Europe during the Renaissance, 1400-1530, ed. by Thomas Kren.

1993 "Quentin Massys," in Collier's Encyclopedia, ed. by Lauren S. Bahr and Bernard Johnston (New York: P. F. Collier), page 70H.

1989 "Hieronymus Bosch," in Great Lives from History: Renaissance to 1900, ed. by

Frank N. Magill (Pasadena: Salem Press), I, 253-58.


2016 Book review of Ilia M. Rodov, The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival

of Classical Antiquity for IMAGES: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture (April

2016): 1-3.

2014 Review of The Flemish Primitives VI. The Bernard van Orley Group, Alexandre Galand

with John Hand and Carole Christensen. Brussels: Brepols, 2013. Sixteenth Century

Studies Journal 45.3 (Fall 2014): 749-51.

2014 Review of Joseph Shatzmiller, Cultural Exchange: Jews, Christians, and Art in the

Medieval Marketplace. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. 2013. American

Historical Review 119.4 (October 2014): 1333-1334.

2014 Review of Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, ed. by Amelia

Peck. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013, Sixteenth Century Studies Journal,

vol. 45, 527-529

2013 Review of Susan E. James, The Feminine Dynamic in English Art, 1485-1603 in

Shakespeare Studies, vol. 14, 250-253.

2010 Review of Margaret Koster, Hugo van der Goes and the Procedures of Art and Salvation,

in Renaissance Quarterly, LXIII, Spring, 261-62.

2009 Review of European Tapestries in the Art Institute of Chicago in Renaissance Quarterly,

LXII, Fall, 916-18.

2008 Review of A Complex Delight The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750 by Margaret

R. Miles for Renaissance Quarterly, LXI, Fall, 883-885.

2007 Fierce Reality: Italian Masters from Seventeenth-Century Naples, Rembrandt and the

Golden Age of Dutch Art, Phoenix Art Museum, in caa.reviews.

2007 Review of John Oliver Hand, Ron Spronk, Catherine A. Metzger, Prayers and Portraits:

Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (National Gallery of Art, Washington), in

Renaissance Quarterly, LX, Fall, 965-66.

2006 Review of Early Netherlandish Paintings: Rediscovery, Reception, and Research, ed. by

Ridderbos, Van Buren and Van Veen in Renaissance Quarterly, LIX, pp. 923-24.

2005 Review of Roni Weinstein, Marriage Rituals Italian Style: A Historical Anthropological

Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXVI, 505-506.

2004 Review of Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in

Europe, in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXV, 1179-1181.

2003 Review of Caroline Villers, The Fabric of Images: European Paintings on Textile

Supports in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries in Speculum, LXXVIII, 279-81.

2003 Review of Thomas P. Campbell, Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence in

Renaissance Quarterly, LVI, 100-101.

2002 Review of Richard I. Cohen, Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe, in

Association for Jewish Studies Review, XXVI, 378-81.

2001 Review of Lynn Jacobs, Early Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces 1380-1550, in

Speculum, 741-43.

2001 Review of Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer, A Natural History of Rape:

Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion, in Journal of the History of Sexuality, X,


2000 Review of Marc Michael Epstein, Dreams of Subversion in Medieval Jewish Art,

in Studies in Iconography, XXI, 2000, 304-307.

2000 Review of Renée Levine Melammed, Heretics or Daughters of Israel: The

Crypto-Jewish Women of Castille, in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXI, 630-32.

1996 Review of Susan L. Smith, The Power of Women, in Medieval Feminist Newsletter,

XXII, 55-58.

1994 Review of Ruth Mellinkoff, Outcasts: Signs of Otherness in Northern European

Art of Late Middle Ages, in Studies in Iconography, XVI, 243-246.

1994 Review of James Snyder’s and Charles Cuttler’s northern Renaissance textbooks

in Woman's Art Journal, XV, 49-50.

1993 Review of Walter Melion's Karel van Mander's "Schilder-Boeck," in Sixteenth

Century Journal, XXIV, 492-93.

1989 Review of Stephen H. Goddard's The Master of Frankfurt and his Shop, in

Renaissance Quarterly, XLII, 328-30.

2009 “Sing the Glory: An Illuminated Manuscript of Adoration,”


J. Paul Getty Research Institute, Museum Scholar, April-June, 2013.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Art in Europe in Context Grant, 2012, 2007-2010 (declined), 2006.

Yale Center for British Art, Visiting Scholar, Summer 2011.

National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Fellowship, 2006, 2002-2003.

  • Summer Stipend, 2001, 1993.

  • Member, Summer Institute on Sex and Gender, 1995.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Art

History Fellowship, Summer 2006.

National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Paul Mellon Visiting

Senior Fellowship, Summer 2005.

The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation grant, Summer 2002, Summer 1999.

Brandeis University Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, Research

Award, 2000-2001.

The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grant, 2000-2001.

American Association of University Women

  • American Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship, 1997-98.

  • American Association of University Women, Leona Beckmann Fellowship (awarded, but declined), 1991-92.

American Council of Learned Societies, Grant for Travel to International Meetings Abroad,

1994, 1990.

New York University, Scholar-in-Residence, Summer 1994, Summer 1992.

Ford Foundation Grant, 1987, 1986.

Kress Foundation Grant, 1978-79.

New York State Scholar Incentive Award, 1975, 1966-70.

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