Book Series Tributes , vol. 12

Tributes to Maryan W. Ainsworth

Collaborative Spirit: Essays on Northern European Art, 1350–1650

Anna Koopstra, Christine Seidel, Joshua P. Waterman (eds)

  • Pages: 346 p.
  • Size:210 x 275 mm
  • Illustrations:250 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022


This volume honors the vital impact of Maryan Ainsworth, Alvaro Saieh Curator of Northern Renaissance Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the field of art history and several related areas of research.


This volume honors Maryan W. Ainsworth, curator emerita at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and former adjunct professor at Barnard College, whose work as a scholar, curator, and teacher has profoundly impacted the study of early northern European painting. Contributions by leading specialists from museums and academia, including former interns and fellows, reflect Ainsworth’s emphasis on the centrality of the object and on the interdisciplinary methods of technical art history, while also paying homage to the variety of Ainsworth’s research interests as a whole. The essays explore topics such as the working methods of individual artists, workshop practice, artistic collaboration, and patronage across a range of media—mainly painting, but also manuscript illumination, drawing, tapestry, sculpture, and stained glass.