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About me

I am an associate professor in Art History. I have been at UCR since 2005, serving as Head of the Arts & Humanities department between 2012 and 2018 (two terms). My teaching is broad with a focus on Western art and the wider world. It includes courses on Italian Renaissance art, Dutch seventeenth-century painting, Modern and Contemporary art and the theories and methods of art history. My research interests focus on Italian art from the late Middle Ages. I have a special interest in questions of historiography, the artistic relations between late medieval Italy and Byzantium, and the reception of Italian painting in modern and contemporary art.


  • ‘Henry Moore and the historiography of early Italian art’, Journal of Art Historiography 26, June 2022  (
  • ‘Byzantine Nearness and Renaissance Distance: the Meaning of Byzantining Modes in 14th-Century Italian Painting’, in: Byzantium in Dialogue with the Mediterranean. History and Heritage, Danielle Slootjes & Mariette Verhoeven (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2019, 203-225
  • ‘Challenging the Vasarian Paradigm: Carl Friedrich von Rumohr and Early Italian Painting’, in: The Paradigm of Vasari. Reception, Criticism, Perspectives, Fabian Jonietz & Alessandro Nova (eds.), Venice: Marsilio, 2016, 93-102
  • ‘Byzantine Art and Early Italian painting’, in: Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe, eds. A. Lymberopoulou and R. Duits, London: Ashgate, 2013, 37-60
  • ‘Venetian Crossroads. East and West and the Origins of Modernity in Twelfth-Century Mosaics in San Marco’, Journal of Intercultural Studies 31 (2010), 299-312
  • ‘Internationalizing the History of American Art by Barbara Groseclose and Jochen Wierich’, Review, European Journal of American Studies (2010-1)
  • Bellissimi favellatori. De verhalende schilderkunst van het Duecento en de stil novo, PhD  dissertation, University of Groningen, 2006
  • ‘Karel van Mander’, in: Painting in Haarlem 1500-1850. The Collection of the Frans Hals Museum, ed. N. Köhler, Ghent: Ludion, 540-43
  • with Bernhard Ridderbos, ‘Gates to Heaven. Gates to the Soul’, in: Signs of Change. Transformations of Christian Traditions and their Representation in the Arts, 1000-2000, eds. H. Petersen, C. Clüver and N. Bell, Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2004, 373-393
  • ‘Giotto en de geboorte van de narratieve kunst in Vasari’s Levens’, in: Polyptiek. Een veelluik van Groninger bijdragen aan de kunstgeschiedenis, eds. H.Th. van Veen, V.M. Schmidt and J.M. Keizer, Zwolle: Waanders, 2002, 101-108
  • ‘De Italiaanse kermis van een Hollandse boerenzoon. Leven en werk van Maerten van Heemskerck’, in: Maerten van Heemskerck 1498-1574: ‘Constigh vermaert schilder’, eds. E.J.A. Zevenhuizen and P.A. de Boer, Heemskerk: Historische Kring Heemskerk, 1998, 13-60