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Professor of History of Art, Women's Studies, and Art & Design
Office Location(s): 170A Tappan Hall
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Celeste Brusati is professor of the history of art, and holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Women’s Studies and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. She is also an affiliate of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Her teaching has focused on the role of the pictorial arts in the formation of individual, professional and collective identities, on early modern technologies of vision, and ways in which ideologies of art and of gender have intersected in the history of Western European pictorial arts. Her scholarship centers on European art and art literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a focus on the pictorial arts in the Netherlands. Much of her work deals with problems of pictorial representation and perception, visual and literary reflections on art in the Netherlands, and the role of pictorial images in the making of seventeenth century Dutch culture. She is the author of Artifice and Illusion: The Art and Writing of Samuel van Hoogstraten (1995) and Johannes Vermeer (1993), and has written on still life, self-imagery, perspective, trompe l’oeil illusionism and questions of value. In 2012 she curated Flip your Field: 20th Century Abstract Prints from the Collection at the UM Museum of Art. She is currently editing the first English translation of Samuel van Hoogstraten's painting treatise, Inleyding tot de hooge schoole der schilderkonst of 1678, to be published by the Getty Research Institute. She is also writing a book, provisionally titled Seeing in Pictures: Paradox and Paradigm in Dutch Art, which considers the artistic, ideological, and theoretical implications of Dutch pictures that reflect on the paradoxes of art and visual perception.
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