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wolfthalDiane Wolfthal

David and Caroline Minter Endowed Chair in the Humanities
Professor of Art History


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Diane Wolfthal, who joined the faculty of Rice University in 2008, has authored four books: The Beginnings of Netherlandish Canvas Painting: 1400-1530 (Cambridge University Press, 1989), Images of Rape: The "Heroic" Tradition and its Alternatives (Cambridge University Press, 1999; paperback, 2000), Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance Italy (Brill, 2004), and In and Out of the Marital Bed: Seeing Sex in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art (Yale University Press, 2011), which examines the intersection of sexuality and gendered spatial topography and the links between images of licit and illicit sexuality. She has co-authored two books, one on princes and paupers in the work of Jacques Callot, the 17th century printmaker, the other on 15th century Flemish paintings in Los Angeles museums. She has also edited or co-edited four collections of essays: on the family, peace and negotiation, the rise of the monetary economy and its affect on European culture, and a Festschrift for Colin Eisler. 
A specialist in late medieval and early modern European art, her next major projects are an article on Renaissance rooms of nudes, Huizinga and Visual Culture, and a book titled Household Help: Servants and Slaves in Europe and its Colonies.