Book Series Art History (Outside a Series)

Imagery and Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe

Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Chipps Smith

Catharine Ingersoll, Alisa McCusker, Jessica Weiss (eds)

  • Pages: 268 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:19 b/w, 91 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2019

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56860-7
  • Paperback
  • Available


Catharine Ingersoll is Assistant Professor of Art History at Virginia Military Institute, Jessica Weiss is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Alisa M. Carlson is Associate Curator of European and American Art at the Museum of Art and Archeology at the University of Missouri. They all earned their PhDs at the University of Texas at Austin, where they worked with Dr. Jeffrey Chipps Smith.



The joint ideas of imagery and ingenuity are meant to represent the variety of topics and questions explored by Jeffrey Chipps Smith throughout his career. The term ingenuity, in particular, encompasses the creative genius of the artist and the resourcefulness of acquirers in the use and display of art objects. This collection of essays brings together new scholarship on European art from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries by a range of artists such as Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Backoffen, Hans Baldung Grien, Sebald Beham, Gerard David, Albrecht Dürer, Juan de Flandes, Hans Holbein the Elder, Hans Schwarz, Joos van Cleve, Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt van Rijn, Benedetto da Rovezzano, Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostzanen, and Nicolaus Gerhaert von Leyden. Topics include the training of artists and the practices of making; the communicative importance of particular subjects, iconographies, and artistic processes; the shifting meanings of objects due to re-use; and the importance of location and tradition in the creation and reception of artworks. Imagery and Ingenuity is an innovative and instructional collection for students and scholars of Early Modern art.



Section 1: Multivalence in Religious Themes

Andrea Pearson, American University, Consumption as Eroticism in Early Netherlandish Devotional Art
Jane L. Carroll, Dartmouth College, Addressing Power. 1506-1508 and Burgundian Politics
Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania, ReChristening Altdorfer’s Regensburg
Jürgen Müller, University of Dresden, The Cloak of Mercy: Thoughts on Rembrandt's Hundred Guilder Print

Section 2: Artists and Their Practices

Hanns Hubach, Kunsthistorisches Institut, University of Zurich, Nicolaus Gerhaert von Leyden – The Strasbourg Self-Portrait of 1464: New Contexts
Maryan W. Ainsworth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gerard David in Antwerp
Annette LeZotte, Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, Eyes are the Window to the Soul: Joos van Cleve’s Husband-and-Wife Portraits
Alisa McCusker, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Hans Schwarz and Hans Holbein the Elder: Training a Portraitist in Early Sixteenth-Century Augsburg
Shira Brisman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Worth of a Ring, Rewriten: Dürer's Letter of April 6,1506
Birgit Ulrike Münch, University of Trier, Grünhanß, or How Hans Baldung Became a 'Green Artist'
Alison G. Stewart, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Sebald Beham and the Augsburg Printer Niclas vom Sand. New Documents on Printing and Frankfurt before 1550

Section 3: Patronage and Display

Jessica Weiss, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Relics of Los Reyes Católicos: The Retablo de Isabel and Spanish-Hapsburg Dynastic Heirlooms
Catharine Ingersoll, Virginia Military Institute, The Battle of Schönberg as a Pictorial Subject at the Hapsburg and Wittelsbach Courts, c. 1504-1518
Miriam Hall Kirch, University of North Alabama, Faith Embodied: Jacob Heller, Catharina von Melem, and their Altarpiece
Andrew Morrall, Bard Graduate Center, Art, Geometry, and the Landscape of Ruin in the Sixteenth-Century German Kunstkabinett

Section 4: Places, Spaces, and Traditions
Sally Whitman Coleman, Independent Scholar, The Dirty Work of Fifteenth-Century Landscape Painting in Northern Europe
Anne Proctor, Roger Williams University, The Fragmentation and Restoration of the Tomb for San Giovanni Gualberto in Sixteenth-Century Tuscany
Dagmar Eichberger, University of Heidelberg, Moving Between Competing Courts: Jean Lemaire de Belges (1473-1515), Historiographer and Connoisseur
Thomas Schauerte, Albrecht-Dürer-Haus, Growing Distance: The High Altars of the Augustinian Collegiate Churches of Dießen and Rohr