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Diane Wolfthal
Professor
David and Caroline Minter Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Art History
 
e-mail:wolfthal@rice.edu
 
  • M. A. Art History (1972) Queens College, City University of New York, New York
  • B. A. Art (1970) City College, City University of New York, New York
  • Ph. D. Art History (1983) Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York
 
Primary Department
   Department of Art History
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Art History
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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    Websites
     Diane Wolfthal
     
    Research Areas
     European art, late medieval through 17th century 1. Technical studies of art, especially canvas painting 2. Feminist and gender analysis, history of sexuality 3. The ways in which the rise of the monetary economy and the early development of capitalism affected European morality and culture; currently focused on a book on images of servants. 4. Jewish Studies in late medieval and early modern art
     
    Teaching Areas
     European art, late medieval through 17th century
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Diane Wolfthal "“Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Violence against Jews" ." Gesta, 55.1 (2016) : 105-27.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal and Natasha Mao ""A Newly Discovered Penitent Magdalen by Giampietrino" ." Source, 35.4 (2016) : 311-21.

     
     

    “Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Violence against Jews" Gesta 55.1 (Spring 2016): 1-23

     
     Articles
     

    “Household Help: Early Modern Portraits of Female Servants,” Early Modern Women: AnInterdisciplinary Journal, vol. 8, 2013, pp. 5-52.

     
     

    “Household Help: Early Modern Portraits of Female Servants,” Early Modern Women: AnInterdisciplinary Journal, vol. 8, 2013, pp. 5-52.

     
     

    “Yiddish Book Illustration,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture, ed. Judith R. Baskin (Cambridge: Cambridge UP), 37-38

     
     Sin or Sensuous Pleasure? A Little-Known Bather in a Flemish Book of Hours
     
     Trading Values: Negotiating Masculinity in Early Modern Europe
     
     Books
     

    Diane Wolfthal and Catherine Metzger "Los Angeles Museums. Corpus of 15th-Century Painting in the Former Southern Netherlands, 22. ."  (2014) : 345.

     
     

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

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

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, In and Out of the Marital Bed: Seeing Sex in Renaissance Art (London: Yale University Press, 2010).

     
     In and Out of the Marital Bed: Seeing Sex in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art
     
     Editor of books
     

    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).

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal and Juliann Vitullo, eds. Money, Morality, and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe,  (Ashgate, 2010).

     
     

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

                edited with John Garton, accepted for publication by the Centre for Reformation

                and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto.

     
     Money, Morality, and Culture: Trading Values in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Periods
     
     Book chapters
     

    Diane Wolfthal "“Beyond Human: Visualizing the Sexuality of Abraham Bosse's Mandrake” ." Renaissance Posthumanism (2016) : 221-52.

     
     

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

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

     Press, 2015), pp. 225-28

     
     

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

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

     Press, 2015), pp. 225-28

     
     

    “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)

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal "A Yiddish ‘Minhagim’ Manuscript ." Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink (2015) In Press

     
     

    Dine Wolfthal "Beyond Human: Visualizing the Sexuality of Abraham Bosse's Mandrake ." Renaissance Posthumanism (2015) Submitted

     
     

    “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) pp. 105-23.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, "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), pp. 57-75.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal and Juliann Vitullo, “Trading Values: Negotiating Masculinity in Early Modern Europe” in Money,Morality, and Culture in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, co-edited  by Juliann Vitullo and Diane Wolfthal (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 155-96.

     
     

    "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 (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto).

     
     

    "La Donna alla finestra: Desiderio sessuale lecito e illecito nell'Italia

                rinacimentale," in Sesso nel Rinascimento: pratica, perversione, punizione

                (Florence: Casa Editrice Le Lettere, 2009): 57-71.

     
     The Woman in the Window: Licit and Illicit Sexual Desire in Renaissance Italy
     
     Book reviews
     

    Diane Wolfthal "Book review of Ilia M. Rodov, The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival of Classical Antiquity." IMAGES: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture (2016) : 1-3.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal "Ilia M. Rodov, The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival of Classical Antiquity ." IMAGES: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual CultureIn Press

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal "Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, ed. Amelia Peck." Sixteenth Century Studies, 45 (2014) : 527-29.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal "Review of Joseph Shatzmiller, Cultural Exchange: Jews, Christians, and Art in the Medieval Marketplace ." American Historical Review , 119.4: 1333-1334.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal "The Flemish Primitives VI. The Bernard van Orley Group, Alexandre Galand with John Hand and Carole Christensen. ." Sixteenth Century Studies, 45.3: 749-51.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal "Review of Susan E. James, The Feminine Dynamic in English Art, 1485-1603 in Shakespeare Studies, vol. 14, 2012, 250-253. ." 

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, Review of Margaret Koster, Hugo van der Goes and the Procedures of Art and

    Salvation, in Renaissance Quarterly, LXIII, Spring 2010, pp. 261-62.

     
     

    Review of European Tapestries in the Art Institute of Chicago, Renaissance           Quarterly, LXII, Fall 2009, 916-18

     
     

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

    Margaret R. Miles for Renaissance Quarterly, LXI, Fall 2008, 883-885

     
     Other
     

    Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2009, vol. 4

     
    Creative Works
     Exhibitions - Solo - Co-curator with Dena Woodall, Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2013.
     Exhibition of 17th century prints. Organized symposium in conjunction with the exhibition.,
     
    Presentations
     Conference Committee Member
     

    I was on the planning committee..  "The Rhetoric of Peace." Project on Peace Studies, Center for Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (2008)

     
     Conference Paper
     

    "Crossing Borders: A Newly Discovered Rape of the Sabines by Hendrik van Balen," Sixteenth Century Studies, Bruges

     
     

    "“Illuminating Infanticide: Reality and Representation” ."

     
     

    "“Visualizing Jewish Identity in a Sixteenth-Century Yiddish Miscellany,” in Inside/ Outside Yiddish conference, Rice University."

     
     

    “Genre, Gender, and Identity in Early Yiddish Illuminated Manuscripts,” Internationa Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo

     
     

    “Servants without Masters,” Renaissance Society conference, Berlin

     
     

    “Servants without Masters,” Renaissance Society conference, Berlin

     
     

    Genre, Gender, and Identity in Early Yiddish Illuminated Manuscripts,” International

                Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo

     
     

    Reframing a Pourbus Canvas in Seventeenth-Century and Present-Day Bruges," with

                Anne van Oosterwijk, Association of Art Historians, London

     
     Invited Papers
     

    “Remembering Serial Marriage in Medieval Europe,” Minter Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Society at Rice University.  New Directions in the History of Gender and Sexuality: Self, Family, and the Social.

     
     

    “Remembering Serial Marriage in Medieval Europe,” Minter Symposium on Medieval

                and Early Modern Society at Rice University.  New Directions in the History of Gender

                and Sexuality: Self, Family, and the Social.

     
     

    "Representation and Ritual in Three Yiddish Books of Customs from Renaissance Venice," at The Jewish Book: Histories, Media, Metaphors conference at the Center for International Jewish Studies and Ca' Fosacari, Venice

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, “In and Out of the Marital Bed: Picturing Marital Sex from the Arnolfinis to

                Elizabeth Vernon, Countess of Southampton,” University of New Mexico

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, "The Sexuality of the Medieval Comb” Session to honor Pamela Sheingorn,International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo

     
     

    "The Sexuality of the Medieval Comb," Conference on Medieval Sexuality, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

     
     

    "“In and Out of the Marital Bed: Picturing Marital Sex from the Arnolfinis to Elizabeth Vernon, Countess of Southampton"." (2010)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    ""Huizinga's Herstijf der middeleeuwen and the Visual Arts," Autumn of the Middle Ages

                2019 Centenary conference, Columbia University."

     
     

    "Foregrounding the Background: Early Modern Portraits of Servants," Rollins College, Cornell Fine Arts Museum

     
     

    "Christian Responses to Two Medieval Atrocities against Jews," in Trauma and History

                conference at University of Texas at Austin

     
     

    "The Canonical and Uncanonical Nude," Canon and Canonicity, Lovett Rice-Leipzig

                Seminar, University of Leipzig

     
     

    "When did servants become men?" in New Directions in the Study of Medieval Masculinities conference, Duke University

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    ""Images of Servants: The Late Medieval Aristocratic Ideal and its Alternatives," Vagantes

                graduate Medieval conference, sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America."

     
     

    "Foregrounding the Background: Images of Dutch and Flemish Household             Servants" for conference Concerning Early Modern Women of the Low Countries, held in Antwerp.

     
     

    "Traces of Trauma and Seeds of Sympathy in Medieval Representations of Anti-Jewish Violence," conference on "Rhetorics and Aesthetics of Memory," Southern Methodist University

     
     

    Keynote Speaker: Foregrounding the Background: Images of Dutch and Flemish Household Servants" for conference Concerning Early Modern women of the Low Countries, held in Antwerp

     
     

    “Remembering Serial Marriage in Medieval Europe,” Conference on Gender, Time and

                Memory in the Middle Ages, Swansea University, UK

     
     

    “Towards a Visual History of Early Modern Female Servants," plenary talk to the

                Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, “Remembering Serial Marriage in Medieval Europe,”

    Conference on Gender,Time and Memory in the Middle Ages, Swansea University, UK

     
     Lectures
     

    "Foregrounding the Background: Late Medieval Images of Household Help," Sixteenth Century Studies conference

     
     

    "From the naked eye to the supercomputer: New light on Dirk Bouts' canvas paintings," College Art Association conference

     
     

    "Jacques Callot's Gypsies," in Princes and Paupers: the Art of Jacques Callot symposium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

     

     
     

    "Materiality and Immateriality in Images of Household Servants," Renaissance Society conference

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, "Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: Christian Images that CondemnViolence against Jews,” in the conference Crossing Borders: Visualizing Jewish/Christian and  Jewish/Muslim Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Times. Rice University

     
     

    "Looking for Love in the Window in Northern European Art," Renaissance             Society of America Conference

     
     

    "Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: Christian Images that Condemn Violence Against Jews"." Crossing Borders: Visualizing Jewish/Christian and Jewish/Muslim Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Times", Rice University. (2010)

     
     

    "“Ill-Fated Pregnancies: Representing Infanticide in Renaissance Europe” ." (2009)

     
     

    "Pennies from Heaven: Men, Money, and Morality in Northern Renaissance Art." College Art Association annual conference, (2008)

     
     

    "Sin or Sensuous Pleasure? Real and Imagined Spaces in a Full-Page Nude for a Book of Hours." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. (2008)

     
     

    "Some Repercussions of Technical Studies: Politics and Status in Rogier van der Weyden's Diptych of Philippe de Cro¿ ." Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference,

     
     

    "The Rhetoric of Peace in Italian Renaissance Imagery." Center for Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (2008)

     
     Other
     

    Diane Wolfthal, “Looking for Love in the Window in Northern European Art,” RenaissanceSociety of America Conference

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, conference organizer, Crossing Borders: Visualizing Jewish/Christian and Jewish/Muslim Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Times, Rice University

     
     

    Course on Late Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Culture, Temple Brit Shalom, Houston,

                team taught by Paula Sander and Diane Wolfthal.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, organizer of five sessions in Honor of Colin Eisler, Renaissance Society of America conference.

     
     

    Diane Wolfthal, organizer of one session, Northern Renaissance Studies in Honor of Carol Purtle,” Historians of Netherlandish Art conference

     
     

    "Crossing Borders: Visualizing Jewish/Christian and Jewish/Muslim Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Times." (2010)

     
     

    I organized four session on portraiture..  "The Problem of Portraiture." Renaissance Society of America annual conference, (2008)

     
     Panelist
     

    “Beyond the Human: Visualizing the Posthuman in Early Modern Europe,” College Art

                Association conference

     
     

    “Displaying Destroyed Jewish Buildings,” International Medieval Conference, Leeds

     
     

    “Round Table: The Future of Art History,” Sixteenth Century Studies conference

     
     

    “Weave Matches and their Implications: Dirk Bouts, Hugo van der Goes and the Thread

                Count Project” (with Don H. Johnson), Sixteenth Century Studies conference

     
     Session Chair
     

    Global Art History in the Middle Ages: China and Cross-Cultural Exchange, 500-1500,” 

                 College Art Association conference (co-organized with Susan Huang)

     
     

    "Portraits, Power, Propaganda: Peripheral Medici Women of the 15th and 16th Centuries ." College Art Association annual conference, (2008)

     
     Workshops
     

    Diane Wolfthal, “Remembering Serial Marriage in Medieval   Europe,” Invited Paper, Feminist Research Group, Rice University

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. (2011 - 2011)

     Editor, Early Modern Woman: An Interdisciplinary Journal. ACMRS and University of Maryland. (2010 - 2010)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Miami University and ASU. (2011 - 2014)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies . ASU. (1997 - 2016)

     Series Editor, Visualizing the Middle Ages (Vols. I-II, 2007).. Brill. (2012 - 2014)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Pendergrass Adams Jennifer, Ph. D. Il Libro dei Miracoli. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Nicole Scott, BA Experiencing Anatomy: Dissecting the Reception of Early Modern Prints. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Liz Binswanger, B. A. Monstrous women: From the mythic to the medical. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Carolyn van Wingerden, Ph. D. 'The turbaned heads, each wrapped in twisted folds of the whitest silk': Images of Muslims in Northern European Art, 1400-1700. (2017) (Thesis Director)

     Angela Prattos, Ph. D. Visualizing Nation: The Iconology of Nationalism and Slavery in the United States and Brazil. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Minji Lee, Ph. D. Bodies of Medieval Women as Dangerous, Liminal, and Holy: Representations in the Writings of Four Late Medieval Religious Women. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Natasha Mao, Ph. D. Revealing and Concealing: Interactive Objects in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italian Art, 1400-1600. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     John W. Ellis-Etchison, Ph. D. "A Sovereign Menagerie: Political Theology and the Animal Turn in . (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kyle Sweeney, Ph. D. “Fancying Gothic: Architecture and Society in Normandy, 1480-1520” . (Thesis Committee Member)

     Layla Seale, Ph. D. "Demons as a Cultural Species in Late Medieval Northern European Art". (Thesis Director)

     Rachel Harmeyer, Ph. D. "After Angelica Kauffman" . (Thesis Committee Member)

     Lindsay Sherrier, Ph. D. "Making the Present: Temporality and Materiality in Early Modern Reproduction". (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Best Article on women and gender in 2013 , Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (2014)

     Voyager Award, 2013, for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal , Council of Editors of Learned Journals (2013)

     Honorable Mention 2009 Best New Journal, Council of Editors of Learned Journals (2009)

    Positions Held
     Museum Scholar, April-June, 2013, J. Paul Getty Research Institute. (2013 - 2013)

     Visiting Scholar, Summer 2013, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, University of Oxford. (2013 - 2013)

     Founding Co-Editor, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. (2008 - 2008)

     ¿ Discipline Representative, History of Art and Architecture, Renaissance Society of America. (2008 - 2008)

     Tenure reviewer, University of Massachusetts. (2008 - 2008)

     Reviewed an article, Brepols. (2008 - 2008)

     Reviewer of a book proposal, Ashgate publishers. (2008 - 2008)