Dr Edward Wouk

Reader in Art History and Visual Studies (1400 - 1800)

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Edward Wouk is active as a scholar, teacher, and curator of early modern art. At Manchester since 2012, he lectures at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels on a wide range of course units, from an introductory survey entitled Ice Age to Baroque to a set of Renaissance lecture and seminar course units devoted to Northern, Italian and global perspectives, as well as tutorials on topics including print culture, seventeenth-century Dutch painting, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, artistic theory and historiography, and material culture studies. Edward supervises masters and doctoral students interested in early modern art, intellectual culture, cultures of collecting, and the history of print. A specialist in the graphic arts of the Renaissance, he frequently incorporates University collections into his teaching.

An American, Edward studied at Brown University (BA) and the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA), and completed his PhD at Harvard University in 2010 with a dissertation on the Flemish painter, draftsman, and etcher Frans Floris de Vriendt (1519/20-1570).  He has taught in art history departments at Harvard and the Universität Zürich.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium, a Reader in Renaissance Studies at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy, and held post-doctoral fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where he collaborated on the project ‘Visualising Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands’. He returned to Villa I Tatti as the Rush H Kress Fellow for the academic year 2016-2017.

Edward regularly contributes to exhibitions and conferences on prints, printmaking, and the circulation of ideas and images in the early modern period, and has published widely, particularly in the fields of Netherlandish art history and print studies. He is a member of the editorial board of the Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek / Netherlands Year Book for History of Art. His research has been supported by grants from the British Academy, the Renaissance Society of America, the Lila Acheson Wallace Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Australian Research Council.

In 2016-2017, he co-curated (with David Morris) the exhibition Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael at the Whitworth, The University of Manchester. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue, published by Manchester University Press, with contributions by a range of international scholars as well as staff and students from The University of Manchester. His current curatorial projects include an exhibition on Albrecht Dürer at the Whitworth, developed in dialogue with colleagues at Manchester and partners in Europe and Australia, and scheduled to open in 2023.


External positions

External Examiner, Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London)

Apr 2021 → …

External Examiner, The Open University


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