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Christiane Hertel

Christiane Hertel

Professor Emerita of History of Art
Ph.D., Eberhard Karls-Universität Tübingen

Telephone: 610-526-5406
Carpenter Carrel B-9

Christiane Hertel teaches courses on the arts of Northern Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands, from the Reformation to the 20th century. Her interest in visual and literary traditions has led her to focus on research projects involving their interplay. With varying degrees of emphasis, much of her research has dealt with the interpretation of art in the contexts of different kinds of critical reception, ranging from scholarship and art criticism to artistic and poetic response to the needs and purposes of cultural politics. Other projects have addressed questions in the history of collecting and collections, and topics in art theory and aesthetics.

Publications include:

  • Vermeer: Reception and Interpretation (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996)
  • "Dis/Continuities in Dresden's Dances of Death," The Art Bulletin LXXXII 1 (Spring 2000), 83-116.
  • "Grotesques -- Rocaille -- Laocoön: 'Remembering Nature' in Winckelmann, Erdmannsdorff, Chodowiecki, and Goethe," 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 11 (2005), 76-117.
  • "The Ends of Allegory: Winckelmann, Rocaille and Volcanic Displacement," In Lisa Rosenthal and Cristelle Baskins, ed., Rethinking Allegory: Embodying Meaning in Early Modern Culture (New York: Ashgate Press, 2007), 35-56.
  • “Petrifaction and Melancholia in Dürer’s Lucretia,” Word & Image 24.1 (2008), 15-41.
  • "The World Inside: Privacy According to Klinger, Liebermann and Kollwitz,” In Peter Parshall, with S. Hollis Clayson, Christiane Hertel and Nicholas Penny, The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy: 1850-1900, exhibition at the National Gallery, Washington, D.C. 2009), 82-125.
  • Pygmalion in Bavaria: Ignaz Günther (1725-1775) and Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Art Theory (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2011), forthcoming in June 2011.