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Page Knox is an adjunct professor in the Art History Department of Columbia University, where she received her PhD in 2012. She works contractually in a variety of capacities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art giving public gallery talks and lectures in special exhibitions as well as the permanent collection, teaching classes at the museum, and leading groups for Travel with the Met. Page graduated from Yale University and was a double major in Art History and Economics. Upon graduation, Page spent her twenties in the financial world. Before returning to graduate school, she worked at the Yale Center for British Art.
At Columbia, she received a PhD with a focus in American Art, while her minor field was Renaissance painting, specifically Leonardo da Vinci. Her dissertation, “Scribner’s Monthly 1870-1881: Illustrating a New American Art World,” explored the significant expansion of illustration in print media during the 1870s, using Scribner’s Monthly as a lens to examine how the medium changed the general aesthetic in American art in the late nineteenth century. She continues to publish and lecture at various conferences on the subject and is a contributing author for a recently released textbook on the History of Illustration. In addition to her Art Humanities class, she also teaches summer courses at Columbia that focus on American Art and Trans-Atlantic Exchange from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.
Shedding New Light on Old Dutch Masters : with a Focused Lens on Vermeer
This seminar will explore the era of the Dutch Golden Age, a dynamic period when the Dutch Republic emerged as an international power both economically and artistically. With a state that was officially Protestant, artists could no longer rely on church or court commissions, and instead developed a modern art market that encouraged experimentation and led to the emergence of new types of secular painting including portraiture and landscapes as well as genre scenes and still life. Using specific works by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) and supplemented with images by other leading Dutch artists, we will explore important issues in seventeenth century Dutch culture, from a new awareness of a rising merchant class to debates about religious choice and conspicuous consumption. Examining images of both the urban and rural landscape, we’ll discuss the vital role that views of cities, fields and harbors played as meditations on the relationship between the Dutch and their environment. Considering the Dutch concern with the “embarrassment of riches,” we’ll look at images of still life and interiors as both messages about human vanity and demonstrations of new scientific discoveries of observation. Paintings of everyday activities and private moments will reveal painters’ fascination with the domestic lives of women. Over the course of the series, we’ll experience Dutch life through these images of the new Dutch nation, and specifically those of Vermeer, one of its greatest interpreters.
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