Deconstructing Feminine Civility

Here’s the abstract to the talk that I’m delivering at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Washington, DC, in March 2012.  It will be part of the session “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait,” that I am co-organizing with Sandra Cheng. Deconstructing Feminine Civility: Counter-Portraits of Élite Women by Jan Steen Early modern … Continue reading

CFP RSA 2012 – “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait”

Announcing a Call for Papers—May 20, 2011 Deadline Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 22-24 March 2012 “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait” We seek paper proposals on works that appear to manipulate the conventions of portraiture.  In particular, we are interested in visual representations that exploit strategies of irony, comedy, … Continue reading

Bean Kings, the Fantasy Interior and More…

I have three exciting announcements! :) My article, “The Elephant in the Living Room: Jan Steen’s Fantasy Interior as Parodic Portrait of the Schouten Family,” appears in Aurora: Journal of the History of Art, vol. XI [12/2010].  You can also find “Enchanting the Intellect and the Eye,” my review of A. Georgievska-Shine’s book, Rubens and the Archaeology … Continue reading

Upcoming Publications

I have two contributions in Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art, vol. XI, to be published in November of 2010. First, my article “The Elephant in the Living Room: Jan Steen’s Fantasy Interior as Parodic Portrait of the Schoutens.” Here’s a synopsis: The Dutch painter Jan Steen (ca. 1626–79) is well known for his topsy-turvy comic … Continue reading

“Le Baroque en Flandres” Exhibition, Paris

If you’re in Paris between Feb. 16 and May 07, 2010 be sure to stop by the École Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts for the drawing show “Le Baroque en Flandres: Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens.” “The show exhibits original works on paper by several of the most prestigious 17th-century artists: Peter-Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck … Continue reading

Stone Soup Stewardship: A Thanksgiving Tale

Many of you are no doubt familiar with the old story, “Stone Soup.”  In the tale, a group of reluctant villagers eventually create a soup together, bit by bit, in order to help feed some hungry travelers.  In doing so, they learn to open themselves up to the strangers in their midst through the selfless … Continue reading

“Palin-etics”: The Hobby of Palin-watching

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I wrote an article on Sarah Palin- (September’s Impresaria or Imposter?) and, now surprisingly she’s back in the news cycle with a vengeance  with her same “caribou in the headlights” antics.   When Palin resigned from gubernatorial office on the holiday weekend, pundits and common folk alike pondered what … Continue reading

Upcoming Publication

For those who might be interested, my latest article, “The Wise Man has Two Tongues: Images of The Satyr and the Peasant by Jordaens and Steen,” will appear in Myth in History, History in Myth, volume 182 in Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History series.  It is due out in August of 2009. Here’s the article abstract: “In … Continue reading

Joe the Plumber Springs a Leak

The NY Times has deflated high-profile McCain supporter “Joe the Plumber’s” professional credentials, as well as his much-touted assertion that Barack Obama’s economic plan would unfairly tax his future plumbing business. You can read the news story here. The Times ends by saying that new t-shirts have already been printed that read: “Vote Joe the … Continue reading

“The Prince” and Pandora’s Box

“The Prince” and Pandora’s Box As I watched the second presidential debate, I turned to my husband and said, “This may not sound appropriate in a democratic republic—but when Barack Obama sits on that stool don’t you think he looks like an Eastern Prince?  You know?  The kind shown in Buddhist images of figures in … Continue reading