Celeste Brusati

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Celeste Brusati

Professor of History of Art, Women's Studies, and Art & Design

Office Location(s): 170A Tappan Hall
Phone: 734.764.5407
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Women’s Studies
    • Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design
    • Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Early modern European art, primarily in the Netherlands
    • Early modern art literature and image theory
    • Pictorial representation and perception
    • Art, science, and technology
  • About

    Celeste Brusati is Professor of History of Art, Women's Studies and Art & Design and an affiliate of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.  She specializes in the visual art and culture of the Netherlands from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Her teaching and research has focused on the role of the pictorial arts in the formation of individual, professional and collective identities, technologies of vision, and ways in which ideologies of art and of gender have intersected in the history of Western European pictorial arts. Her publications include a book on Johannes Vermeer (Rizzoli, 1993) and one on Artifice and Illusion: The Art and Writing of Samuel Van Hoogstraten (1995), as well as essays on gendered self-imagery in seventeenth century Netherlandish still life painting, on the vernacular art literature of the Netherlands, and the social meanings and uses of still life and illusionism during the seventeenth century. Her current research deals with fictions of beholding and gendered imagery and ideologies of the pictorial arts in the Dutch Republic. She has been a recipient of the University of Michigan Humanities Award, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, and the Lovis Corinth Research Professorship at Emory University.

  • Education
    • PhD University of California, Berkeley
  • Selected Publications:
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