Diane Wolfthal

David and Caroline Minter Chair in the Humanities
Professor of Art History
Ph.D. (1983) Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
M.A. (1973) Queens College, City University of New York
B.A. (1970) City College, City University of New York
117 Herring Hall

Research Areas

Late medieval through 17th-century art

Diane Wolfthal specializes in late medieval and early modern European art.  Her interests include feminist and gender studies, Jewish Studies, the history of sexuality, technical art history, and the study of the intersection of money, values, and culture. Her authored books include In and Out of the Marital Bed: Seeing Sex in Renaissance Art (Yale University Press, 2010), Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance Italy (Leiden: Brill, 2004), Images of Rape: The "Heroic" Tradition and its Alternatives (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and The Beginnings of Netherlandish Canvas Painting (Cambridge University Press, 1989). She co-authored Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot (2013) and Corpus of Fifteenth-Century Painting in the Southern Netherlands and the Principality of Liège: Early Netherlandish Paintings in Los Angeles (Brussels: KIK-IRPA, in press). She has also edited or co-edited collections of essays on the family; peace and negotiation; the rise of the monetary economy and its effect on European culture; and a Festschrift for Colin Eisler.  She is a Founding Co-editor of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Her article “Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Attacks on Innocent Jews," appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Gesta.  Her article on weave matches in Bouts canvases is in press.  Wolfthal's major current project is a book titled Household Help: Servants and Slaves in Europe and its Colonies, for which she was awarded grants from the Yale Center for British Art and the Getty Research Institute.
Other current projects include her co-editing the collection of essays Inside/Outside Yiddish, an article on the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga's ideas about art, and an essay on rooms of nudes for a forthcoming exhibition at the Getty Museum. 
For PDFs of her publications, see her website on academia.com.