Hanneke Grootenboer

Hanneke Grootenboer

Erasmus Lecturer on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders
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Professor Hanneke Grootenboer is the Chair of the History of Art Department at Radboud University. Prior to her appointment, she was a Professor of the History of Art and a Fellow of St Peter's College at the University of Oxford, where from 2014 to 2016 she served as the Head of the Ruskin School of Art. She also taught at Tulane University, the University of Amsterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.

Grootenboer is the recipient of numerous awards, including from the Leverhulm Trust, the Getty Institute, the Clark Art Institute, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). In the Spring of 2019, she was a visiting professor at the Free University in Berlin. Het book The Rhetoric of Perspective: Realism and Illusionism in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Still Life Painting (UP Chicago, 2005) was the winner of the ASCA Book Prize, while Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Eighteenth-Century British Eye Miniatures (UP Chicago, 2012) was awarded the Kenshur Prize for best interdisciplinary study.

Grootenboer’s research is transhistorical. She approaches early modern visual culture through the lens of contemporary theory and art practice. Her research critically engages with philosophy, theory, literature, and material culture. She has published articles on the semiotics of still life, intimate vision in portrait miniatures, the phenomenology of portraiture in The Art Bulletin and Art History, among other venues. An article on early modern dollhouses as art cabinets came out in a volume on Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Routledge, 2020).

Her third monograph, The Pensive Image: Art as a Form of Thinking (Chicago UP) came out in January 2021. Recently, she co-edited (together with Anne Goldgar, Marisa Bass and Claudia Swan) a volume on Conchophilia: Shells, Art and Curiosity in the Early Modern Period (Princeton UP, 2021). Grootenboer is a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Art Journal.