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 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, 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 of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Her current projects show the range of her interests. 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. “Weave Match and its Implications: The Case of Dirk Bouts," co-authored with Don Johnson and Catherine Metzger was published in Workshop Practice in Early Netherlandish Painting: Case Studies from Van Eyck through Gossart, edited by Maryann Ainsworth (2017). Her article “Art History and Huizinga’s Autumn of the Middle Ages,” will appear in 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 in press in 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 in Concerning Early Modern Women of the Low Countries, ed. by Sarah Moran and Amanda Pipkin. "Old Maids: Images of Elderly Household Help," will appear in 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 in Images 11 (2018). And an essay titled “From Venus to Witches: The Female Nude in Northern Europe,” and seven catalogue entries will appear in The Nude in Europe during the Renaissance, 1400-1530, ed. by Thomas Kren (J. Paul Getty Museum, exhibition catalogue, 2018).
BOOK AND EXHIBITION PLANS
Wolfthal's two major current projects are Household Help: Images of Servants and Slaves in Europe and Abroad, 1400-1700, under contract to Yale University Press, and an exhibition, Medieval Money, for the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.
For PDFs of her publications, see her website on academia.com.
“Peter Pourbus’ Canvas Triptych,” catalogue entry for exhibition Pieter Pourbus en de familie Claeissens. Het Brugse schildersmilieu in de tweede helft van de zestiende eeuw, ed. by Til-Holger Borchert and Anne van Oosterwijk. (Also published in English version: 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.
“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, 2017), 36-47.
“Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Violence against Jews" Gesta 55.1 (Spring): 105-27.
“Beyond Human: Visualizing the Sexuality of Abraham Bosse's Mandrake,” in 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, Source 35.4, pp. 311-21.
“Complicating Medieval Anti-Semitism: The Role of Class in Two Tales of Christian Violence against Jews," Gesta 55.1, Spring 2016)
“Beyond Human: Visualizing the Sexuality of Abraham Bosse's Mandrake,” in Renaissance Posthumanism, edited by Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano (Fordham University Press, in press).
“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.
“Household Help: Early Modern Portraits of Female Servants,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8 (2013): 5-52 . Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement, Economic History Review (Feb. 2015).
“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, 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 (Aldeshot: Ashgate Press, 2012), 279-97.
“The Sexuality of the Medieval Comb,” in Exploring the Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture, ed. by Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2012), 176-94.
“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, 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, Metropolitan 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, Brandeis University
2000-2001 - Grant, The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
2000 - Awarded Article of the Month (October) for “’Douleur sur toutes autres’: Revisualizing the Rape Script in the ‘Epistre Othea’ and ‘Le Livre de la Cité des Dames’ ” 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 (awarded but declined)