Lisa Rosenthal
Associate Professor and Chair
Art History Program

lrosenth@illinois.edu | CV

Teaching areas:

European 17-18th century art and art theory, art history methods.

Research areas:

Dutch and Flemish painting and printmaking; visual allegory; marriage and family portraiture; art collecting; art theory and notions of the artist.


BA University of California at Santa Cruz ; M.A. and Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley.

Lisa Rosenthal, Associate Professor is Chair of the Art History Program and holds an affiliated appointment in the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies. She teaches courses on European Baroque and Rococo art and art theory. Her research interests include the intersection of gender and political meaning in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting and printmaking, theories of visual allegory, notions of the artist in early modern culture, art collecting, and the functions of art in the domestic sphere. Her articles have appeared in Art History, The Oxford Art Journal, The Annual Bulletin of the Antwerp Royal Fine Arts Museum, and the Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek and in exhibition catalogues and other anthologies. She is a past recipient of a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities, an Arnold O. Beckman Award from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study Fellowship.

Selected Work

  • "Masculine Virtue in the Kunstkamer: Pictura, Lucre, and Luxury," in Gender Matters, ed. Mara Wade (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, forthcoming).

  • "Vénus: Médiatrice Irresistible," in Beauté, Beautés: Métamorphoses de la beauté vol. 3 ed., Michel Serres (Paris: Les Editions Babylone, forthcoming).

  • "Venus’s Milk and the Temptations of Allegory in Otto van Veen’s Allegory of Temptation," in "Early Modern Visual Allegory: Embodying Meaning," Cristelle Baskins and Lisa Rosenthal, eds. (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publications, 2007) pp. 219-242.

  • "Political and Painterly Virtue in Corneliszn. van Haarlem’s Wedding of Peleus and Thetis for the Haarlem Prinsenhof," Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, 54 (2003) pp. 173-201.