Professor Wolfthal will no longer be accepting graduate advisees.
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 includeÂ In and Out of the Marital Bed: Seeing Sex in Renaissance ArtÂ (Yale University Press, 2010),Â Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance ItalyÂ (Leiden: Brill, 2004),Â Images of Rape: The "Heroic" Tradition and its AlternativesÂ (Cambridge University Press, 1999), andÂ The Beginnings of Netherlandish Canvas PaintingÂ (Cambridge University Press, 1989). She co-authoredÂ Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques CallotÂ (2013) andÂ Corpus of Fifteenth-Century Painting in the Southern Netherlands and the Principality of LiĂ¨ge: Early Netherlandish Paintings in Los AngelesÂ (Brussels: KIK-IRPA, 2014). 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 ofÂ Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Her current projects show the range of her interests. Her article âComplicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Attacks on Innocent Jews," appeared in the Spring 2016 issue ofÂ Gesta. âWeave Match and its Implications: The Case of Dirk Bouts," co-authored with Don Johnson and Catherine Metzger was published inÂ Workshop Practice in Early Netherlandish Painting: Case Studies from Van Eyck through Gossart, edited by Maryann Ainsworth (2017). Her article âArt History and HuizingaâsÂ Autumn of the Middle Ages,â will appear inÂ The Autumn of the Middle Ages Revisited: The Legacy of Huizinga's Masterwork, ed. by Peter Arnade and Martha Howell (Amsterdam University Press). Another essay, "When Did Servants become Men?" is inÂ pressÂ inÂ Rivalrous Masculinities, ed. by Ann Marie Rasmussen and J. Christian Straubhaar (University of Notre Dame Press). "Foregrounding the Background: Dutch and Flemish Images of Household Servants" will be published inÂ Concerning Early Modern Women of the Low Countries, ed. by Sarah Moran and Amanda Pipkin. "Old Maids: Images of Elderly Household Help," will appear inÂ Old Women, Witches and Old Wives: An Anthology Across Cultures, ed. by Frima Fox Hofrichter. Her article "Scribe and Owner as Artist in a Sixteenth-Century Yiddish Miscellany" will be published inÂ ImagesÂ 11 (2018). And an essay titled âFrom Venus to Witches: The Female Nude in Northern Europe,â and sevenÂ catalogueÂ entries will appear inÂ The Nude in Europe during the Renaissance, 1400-1530, ed. by Thomas Kren (J. Paul Getty Museum, exhibitionÂ catalogue, 2018).
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Wolfthal's two major current projects areÂ Household Help: Images of Servants and Slaves in Europe and Abroad, 1400-1700, under contract to Yale University Press, and an exhibition,Â Medieval Money, for the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.
For PDFs of her publications, see her website onÂ academia.com.
"When Did Servants become Men?" in Rivalrous Masculinities, ed. by Ann Marie Rasmussen and J. Christian Straubhaar (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019, in press).
âArt History and Huizingaâs Autumn of the Middle Ages,â inÂ The Autumn of the Middle Ages Revisited: The Legacy of Huizinga's Masterwork, ed. by Peter Arnade and Martha Howell (Amsterdam University Press, 2019, in press).
"Scribe and Owner as Artist in a Sixteenth-Century Yiddish Miscellany"Â ImagesÂ 11 (Nov. issue):Â 1-16.
âFrom Venus to Witches: The Female Nude in Northern Europe,â and fiveÂ catalogueÂ entries inÂ The Renaissance Nude, 1400-1530, ed. by Thomas Kren (J. Paul Getty Museum, exhibitionÂ catalogue, 2018), pp. 76-77, 81-93, 99-105.
âPeter Pourbusâ Canvas Triptych,âÂ catalogueÂ entry for exhibitionÂ Pieter Pourbus en deÂ familieÂ Claeissens. Het BrugseÂ schildersmilieuÂ in deÂ tweedeÂ helftÂ van deÂ zestiendeÂ eeuw, ed. by Til-Holger Borchert and Anne van Oosterwijk.Â (Also published inÂ EnglishÂ version:Â Forgotten masters: Pieter Pourbus and painting in Bruges, 1525-1625) 12 October 2017 - 21 January 2018, Groeningemuseum, Bruges, co-authored with Anne van Oosterwijk, pp. 240-245.
âWeave Match and its Implications: The Case of Dirk Bouts," co-authored with Don Johnson and Catherine Metzger, inÂ Workshop Practice in Early Netherlandish Painting: Case Studies from Van Eyck through Gossart, edited by Maryann Ainsworth (Turnhout:Â Brepols, 2017), 36-47.
âComplicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Violence against Jews"Â GestaÂ 55.1 (Spring): 105-27.
âBeyond Human: Visualizing the Sexuality of Abraham Bosse's Mandrake,â inÂ Renaissance Posthumanism, edited by Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano (Fordham University Press), 221-52.
"A Newly Discovered Penitent Magdalen by Giampietrino," co-authored with Natasha Mao,Â SourceÂ 35.4, pp. 311-21.
âComplicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Violence against Jews,"Â GestaÂ 55.1, Spring 2016)
âBeyond Human: Visualizing the Sexuality of Abraham Bosse'sÂ Mandrake,â inÂ Renaissance Posthumanism, edited by Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano (Fordham University Press, in press).
âA Yiddish Minhagim Manuscript,â inÂ Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. by Marc Michael Epstein (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015), pp.Â 225-28.Â
âHousehold Help: Early Modern Portraits of Female Servants,âÂ Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8 (2013):Â 5-52 .Â Reviewed inÂ Times Literary Supplement, Economic History ReviewÂ (Feb. 2015).
âPaupers,â âIntroductionâ (co-authored with Dena Woodall), and tenÂ catalogueÂ entries inÂ 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, 2012).
âSin or Sexual Pleasure? A Little-Known Nude Bather in a Flemish Book of Hours,â inÂ The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art, ed. by Sherry Lindquist (Aldeshot: Ashgate Press, 2012), 279-97.
âThe Sexuality of the Medieval Comb,â inÂ Exploring the Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture, ed. by Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2012), 176-94.
âReligious Devotion, Aristocratic Status, and Crusading Fervor in Rogier van der WeydenâsÂ Diptych of Philippe de CroĂż,â inÂ 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, 2011), 105-23.
2017 - Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award, Graduate Student Association, Rice University
2014 - Awarded the prize for the Best Article on women and gender for the year 2013 for "Household Help: Early Modern Portraits of Female Servants" by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women 2012 - Visiting Scholar, Yarnton Manor, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
2012 - Museum Scholar, J. Paul Getty Institute
2012, 2007-2010 (declined), 2006 - Art in Europe in Context Grant, Samuel H. Kress Foundation
2011 - Visiting Scholar, Yale Center for British Art
2006 - Art History Fellowship, Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund, MetropolitanÂ Museum of Art
2006, 2002-2003 - Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities
2005 - Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship, National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
2002, 1999 - Grant, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
2001, 1993 - Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities
2000-2001 - Research Award, Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, BrandeisÂ University
2000-2001 - Grant, The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
2000 - Awarded Article of the Month (October) for ââDouleurÂ surÂ toutesÂ autresâ: Revisualizing the Rape Script in the âEpistreÂ Otheaâ and âLe Livre de la CitĂŠ des Damesâ â by The Medieval Feminist Index, Haverford College
1997-1998 - American Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship, American Association of University Women
1995 - Member, Summer Institute on Sex and Gender, National Endowment for the Humanities
1991-1992 - Leona Beckmann Fellowship, American Association of University Women (awardedÂ butÂ declined)Â