Dr Edward Wouk

Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies (1400 - 1800)

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Research interests

My research investigates the status of the image in early modern art from the ‘Guttenberg revolution’ to the Counter Reformation. Active as a scholar, teacher, and curator of early modern art, I frequently participate in international conferences, symposia, and exhibitions, and have published widely, particularly in the field of Netherlandish art history.

My monograph on the Netherlandish painter, draftsman, and etcher Frans Floris appeared with Brill in 2018.  The first study of the artist in over forty years, this book situates Floris at the nexus of a circle of patrons and scholars struggling to define Netherlandish identity on the eve of the Dutch Revolt. It maps Floris’s hybrid style onto shifting conceptions of cultural, religious, and political autonomy. In twelve chapters and a substantial appendix, the book explores Floris's collaborations and rivalries, engagement with artistic theory, hierarchical workshop, and revolutionary use of print.

My primary current project examines the rise of an autonomous discourse on the arts in the Low Countries, focusing on the writings of Dominicus Lampsonius and his expansive humanist network.  Part of this research involves collecting, translating, and annotating Lampsonius's writings on art, many of which remain in unpublished form. The project will result in two books: a critical edition of Lampsonius's published treatises on art, appearing in 2021 in the Getty's Text & Document series, and a monograph situating Lampsonius's image theory in the contexts of the Counter Reformation and global exchange.

With a team of researchers based in Melbourne and Manchester, I am at present working on an interdisciplinary research project examining Albrecht Dürer’s graphic art from the perspective of material culture. This collaboration will result in several publications as well as an exhibition, due to open at the Whitworth in July 2023, which will feature objects in a range of media borrowed from local and international museums as well as the first display of the Whitworth's Dürer collection in over fifty years.

I regularly contribute to exhibitions and conferences on prints, printmaking, and the circulation of ideas an images in the early modern period.  Most recently, I have written entries and essays for Hieronymus Cock: The Renaissance in Print (Paris and Louvain, 2013), Antoine de Granvelle: l'Eminence pourpre (Besançon, 2016-2017) and Chiaroscuro Printmaking: Cranach, Raphael, Rubens (Gravure en clair-obscur: Cranach, Raphaël, Rubens) organised by the Louvre in 2018-2019. I also contributed to the exhibition Giulio Romano: Art and Desire in the Renaissance, which took place in Mantua in 2020-2021.

Together with David Morris, I co-curated of the landmark exhibition Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael at the Whitworth, The University of Manchester (30 September 2016 - 23 April 2017). I also edited the accompanying catalogue, published by Manchester University Press, and a separate volume of essays appearing in the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library. With Suzanne Karr Schmidt of the Newberry Library, Chicago, I co-edited a volume of essays entitled Prints in Translation, 1540-1750: Image, materiality, space  (Routledge, 2017). In 2021, Alison Hokanson of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I published a co-edited special issue of Oud Holland (vol. 133) devoted to the 'rediscovery' of Early Netherlandish art in the long nineteenth-century.


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display