Rebecca started her teaching career in 1995 as a visitor at CC; she then taught at Skidmore College and the University of Denver before joining the CC Art Department permanently in 2003. She offers courses in art history from the Renaissance through the 17th century, focusing on the European tradition. Rebecca is the recipient of the 2011 Ray Werner Award for Exemplary Teaching in the Liberal Arts.
Rebecca’s field of specialization is northern European art in the early modern period. She focuses on issues of patronage in the art of the Dutch Republic. In the early modern period no art form existed in the magnificent isolation of today’s museums, and Rebecca’s work is concerned with how to bring back together the visual components of constructed settings, especially in elite and royal circles. She is currently working on a book on the role of court art and architecture in the Dutch Republic. Recent publications include books on Leonardo da Vinci and symbolism in art; an article on Rembrandt’s Passion paintings; and an essay on Dutch art in pre-colonial India. A forthcoming project reflects Rebecca’s interest in the global art world in the 16th and 17th centuries: it examines issues of trade, cultural transmission, and artistic exchange between Europe, India, and the New World.
- A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1988
- M.A. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1994
- Ph.D Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2002
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