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 the history of print, seventeenth-century Dutch painting, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, artistic theory and historiography, and material culture studies. A specialist in the graphic arts of the Renaissance, he frequently incorporates University collections into his teaching. He regularly contributes to international conferences and symposia and has published widely, particularly in the field of Netherlandish art history. His research has been supported by grants from the British Academy, the Renaissance Society of America, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Australian Research Council.

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, most recently, 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 supervises masters and doctoral students interested in early modern art, intellectual culture, cultures of collecting, and the history of print.  He co-curated (with David Morris) the exhibition Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael at the Whitworth, The University of Manchester (30 September 2016 - 23 April 2017). 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.

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In addition to his exhibition project Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael at the Whitworth, Dr Wouk collaborated with UK and international scholars on a range of research projects and exhibitions. In 2014-2014, he joined forces with Dr. Guido Rebbechini of the Courtauld Institute of Art to create a student-organised exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in Spring 2015 entitled Renaissance Modern.  See the virtual exhibition and learn more about the project here: http://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/what-on/exhibitions-displays/archive/renaissance-modern

Dr. Wouk's seminar class 'Renaissance Print Cultures', offered to upper-level students in the second semester of 2013-2014, coneptualised and organised the exhibition, Imprinting the Imagination: Northern Renaissance Prints from the Holtorp Collection, on view at the John Rylands Libray, Deansgate, from 8 May through 26 October 2014. http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/exhibitions/imprintingtheimagination/.  A catalogue, written by the students in the seminar and edited by Dr. Wouk, is available from the John Rylands Library (ISBN 978-0-86373-900-2).  See the review in the Manchester Evening News: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/john-rylands-library-art-durer-7177203

External positions

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

Apr 2021 → …

External Examiner, The Open University


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