Prof. H. Grootenboer (Hanneke)

Professor - Department of History, Art History and Classics
Professor - Radboud Institute for Culture and History

Prof. H. Grootenboer (Hanneke)
Visiting address

Erasmusplein 1

Postal address

Postbus 9103

Hanneke Grootenboer has been Professor of Art History in Nijmegen since 2019. Prior to that, she was Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of St Peter's College. From 2014-16, she was the director of The Ruskin School of Art. She previously taught at Columbia University, UvA, Tulane University and the Jan van Eyck Academy.

Grootenboer's research is transhistorical as she studies early modern art and visual culture through the lens of contemporary art theory and practice. Her research focuses on the intersection of art, philosophy, theory, literature and material culture. She has published articles on the semiotics of still life, intimate viewing in miniatures and the phenomenology of the portrait in journals including The Art Bulletin and Art History. She is the author of The Rhetoric of Perspective: Realism and Illusionism in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Still Life Painting (UP Chicago, 2005, ASCA Book Prize) and of Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Eighteenth-Century British Eye Miniatures (UP Chicago, 2012, Kenshur Prize). Her recent book The Pensive Image: Art as a Form of Thinking (Chicago, 2021) won the 2022 Outstanding Monograph Prize of the American Association of Aesthetics. She is the co-author of Conchophilia: Shells, Art and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe (Princeton, 2021). An essay on Fiona Tan's visual thought has appeared in Mountains and Molehills (Eye, 2022).

Grootenboer has received fellowships including from the Leverhulme Trust, the Getty Institute, the Clark Art Institute and NIAS. In spring 2019, she was a Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin. She gave the Erasmus lectures at Harvard University in the Fall of 2021. In 2023, she will deliver the keynote at the AAANZ. Grootenboer is a member of the editorial board of the Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek.


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